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Texans not commenting on conflicting reports of Kubiak’s diagnosis

Kubiak AP

One thing I’ve learned (the hard way) in 12 years of doing this is that when it comes to matters of illness and death, it doesn’t matter who gets a story first.

We were reminded of that over the weekend when presumably reliable reports emerged from another network which shall remain nameless (but that has four letters in its name) that Broncos coach John Fox had suffered chest pains and had experienced a suspected heart attack. Both reports were wrong.

Now, the network owned by the league is angling for the scoop on the health of another coach with a potentially serious healthy condition, reporting that Texans coach Gary Kubiak had a “mini-stroke.” Meanwhile, the aforementioned unmentioned four-letter network, after dropping strong hints throughout the day on Monday that Kubiak had been treated for the symptoms of a stroke, reported during halftime of last night’s game that he didn’t have a stroke.

In response to the NFLN report, I contacted the Texans for comment, and the Texans declined comment.

So while we acknowledge that there are conflicting reports on Kubiak’s condition, our official position is that it’s up to the Texans and/or Kubiak to announce any medical information. We only mention the conflicting reports because: (1) they’re out there and hard to miss; and (2) they demonstrate the hazards of trying to be first on issues far more serious than who’s signing a contract or who’s injured.

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9 Responses to “Texans not commenting on conflicting reports of Kubiak’s diagnosis”
  1. krazybeez says: Nov 5, 2013 7:34 AM

    It’s so annoying how writers need to take credit for reporting news first, especially when it is stupid. Who cares who reports first what kind of medical issue he had? Also, regarding John Fox, who cares who reports first that Jack Del Rio is the leading candidate to take over for Fox. I think it’s embarrassing to break news on the obvious. And to give credit to others for breaking stupid news on the espn or nfl network scrollers is a waste of space.

  2. flmike says: Nov 5, 2013 7:50 AM

    HIPPA…..
    The only people who can legally comment of the health of Kubiak or Fox with out legal consent or authority are Kubiak or Fox, so whatever that Fatf$^K Berman says doesn’t matter.

  3. walkinginthewasteland says: Nov 5, 2013 8:41 AM

    Terry Bradshaw says “Hi”.

  4. 2ruefan says: Nov 5, 2013 9:50 AM

    Sorry dude,
    HIPPA does not stop a media outlet from commenting on or passing on information they have had reported regarding a famous person’s medical condition. Anybody can legally “comment”
    Now, passing on ACTUAL medical information that is in possession of medical practitioners.. different story. That IS protected by HIPPA. A Doctor cannot comment with consent being given, the team can’t, etc.

    BTW, who is “K” Berman?

  5. delmonte55 says: Nov 5, 2013 9:56 AM

    Really??? you use this mans health, just so you can take shots at ESPN and portray yourself as above it all???

  6. crubenst says: Nov 5, 2013 10:02 AM

    Thats a reporter looking up what tPa is used for and seeing stroke listed first. What they don’t realize is that strokes don’t usually give pain, and Kubiak had pain. So its much more likely a blood clot to the lung.

  7. getyourownname says: Nov 5, 2013 10:43 AM

    “So while we acknowledge that there are conflicting reports on Kubiak’s condition, our official position is that it’s up to the Texans and/or Kubiak to announce any medical information.”

    It would be easier to take this claim seriously if this site were not simulaneously publishing every whisper of a report it gets on medical condition of other players, like Aaron Rodgers.

  8. mccontrary says: Nov 5, 2013 11:33 AM

    HIPPA laws are meant to protect the privacy of the patient, so anyone else who divulges information takes a risk in doing so, unless they’ve been authorized to speak. So unless the information comes from Kubiak’s family or from the Texans with his permission, it’s best to doubt the information as purely speculative.

  9. tootitan says: Nov 5, 2013 1:25 PM

    “issues far more serious than who’s signing a contract or who’s injured.”

    Please explain how this (Kubiak’s situation) is any more serious than an injured PLAYER being hauled off the field and gurneyed to an ambulance.

    Seriously – please explain your thinking.

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