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Jason Pierre-Paul sues ESPN, Adam Schefter

BRISTOL, CT - AUGUST 18: Adam Schefter joined ESPN as an NFL Insider in August 2009 and appears on a variety of programs, including NFL Insiders, NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, SportsCenter and more throughout the year. He also contributes regularly to other platforms, including ESPN.com and ESPN Radio. Schefter has covered the NFL for over 20 years and is regarded as one of the top reporters in the industry. 
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Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul already has reached a settlement with the hospital that leaked his medical records to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Pierre-Paul is now suing Schefter and ESPN, a development that really isn’t all that surprising.

Julia Marsh of the New York Post reports that Pierre-Paul has sued the network and its NFL insider in Florida for improperly obtaining Pierre-Paul’s chart regarding surgery to remove his index finger and posting the information to Schefter’s millions of Twitter followers. ESPN thereafter televised the image of the medical record.

“This action arises out of ESPN reporter Schefter’s blatant disregard for the private and confidential nature of plaintiff’s medical records, all so Schefter could show the world that he had ‘supporting proof’ of a surgical procedure,” the lawsuit states, via Marsh.

ESPN and Schefter declined comment to the Post, through a spokesperson.

In a July interview with SI.com, Schefter admitted that he “could and should have done more” before posting the image of the medical record. But it was clear in the same interview that Schefter didn’t see the problem with publishing a photo of Pierre-Paul’s chart.

“It didn’t look to me as if there was anything else in there that could be considered sensitive,” Schefter said at the time. “NFL reporters report on all kinds of medical information on a daily basis. That’s part of the job. The only difference here was that there was a photo.”

That doesn’t mean the photo needed to be shared with the world.

“[I]n a day and age in which pictures and videos tell stories and confirm facts, in which sources and their motives are routinely questioned, and in which reporters strive to be as accurate as possible, this was the ultimate supporting proof,” Schefter said at the time. (Actually, the ultimate proof was on Pierre-Paul’s hand.)

The photo of the record also contained information regarding another patient, and it came at a time when multiple reporters were reporting that Pierre-Paul’s index finger had been amputated. No one was denying it, everyone was reporting it, and sharing the image of the photo was unnecessary.

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169 Responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul sues ESPN, Adam Schefter”
  1. sjm1717 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:38 PM

    Schefter is a little bitch

  2. sbdt says: Feb 24, 2016 9:38 PM

    HIPAA, bro. You probably wouldn’t want JPP tweeting the results of your colonoscopy.

  3. remstar10 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:40 PM

    Hopefully JPP wins. Pretty shady to post that just to get RTs and show the world first.

  4. jwitruk says: Feb 24, 2016 9:41 PM

    Good! They were in direct violation of the Privacy Act of 1974!

  5. jeremycrowhurst says: Feb 24, 2016 9:41 PM

    The hospital, I understand. But since when do reporters have an obligation to keep information private?

  6. genericnflfan says: Feb 24, 2016 9:41 PM

    he won’t win

  7. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 24, 2016 9:42 PM

    Good for Paul. The rush for twitter hits has turned journalists into vultures, and ESPN has become a freak show masquerading as sports journalism.

  8. tonyzendejas says: Feb 24, 2016 9:42 PM

    Good. ESPN is a shameful enterprise, and the cutthroat-bordering-on-obscene “scoop lust” of the sports media deserves to be put on notice.

  9. jag1959 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:42 PM

    Good for JPP, with supposedly legitimate sports journalists stooping to the level of paparazzi someone needs to take a stand. Would like to see these clowns held to some kind of standard, it would benefit us all as consumers of sports reporting

  10. kwjsb says: Feb 24, 2016 9:44 PM

    “It didn’t look to me as if there was anything else in there that could be considered sensitive,” Schefter said at the time.

    After all he is the one God appointed to make that decision for everyone else…

  11. immafubared says: Feb 24, 2016 9:44 PM

    Hell need the money, carerr over. Like no one would haveeve seen pictures of his hand and that somenemelse mismrespnsiblemformhis fn with fire crackers. Another n who wont accept respnsibiltynfor is f ups.

  12. kjm18 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:45 PM

    Florio…you were a lawyer. Don’t tell us it wasn’t necessary. Tell us whether or not it was illegal.

  13. tgoat12 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:46 PM

    Down with ESPN and its Godells!!

  14. ktenn88 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:46 PM

    I sued Schefter before. He stole my wife.

  15. tb12bestqbevah says: Feb 24, 2016 9:47 PM

    “NFL reporters report on all kinds of medical information on a daily basis. That’s part of the job. The only difference here was that there was a photo.”

    ****************

    No, posting personal medical records to Twitter is a lot different than saying “Player X is likely to miss 4-6 weeks with a pulled hamstring.”

    I hope JPP crushes these snakes in court.

  16. tonebones says: Feb 24, 2016 9:48 PM

    He’s the Einstein that blew up his hand, and now he wants to sue somebody. If anything good is going to come from this, we should be talking about every year before the 4th of July, just to remind kids (young and old) that things can go seriously wrong when you play with explosives.

  17. ttommytom says: Feb 24, 2016 9:48 PM

    How could Schlepper not know this was a HIPAA violation?

    A dick move, anyway…

  18. bigbensbathroombuddy says: Feb 24, 2016 9:48 PM

    JPP should win this…. single-handedly.

  19. suggahbuggah says: Feb 24, 2016 9:49 PM

    love it…ESPN needs a complete make over they are going down the tubes fast. Haven’t watched in years.

  20. cowboy2016 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:50 PM

    ESPN is ruining the sports world.

  21. jvonblohnjvb0013 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:52 PM

    I guess you could say Schefter forced Pierre-Paul’s hand?

  22. icdogg says: Feb 24, 2016 9:53 PM

    He’ll be signing for a club discount. Get it? He wears a club. Ha! Ha! I slay myself!

  23. theseekeroffun says: Feb 24, 2016 9:53 PM

    He wanted to show the cat-scan of JPP’s brain, but there was nothing there. SMH

  24. ravensrooster94 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:54 PM

    ESPN and Schefter will now learn the meaning of the word HIPAA and it will be a costly lesson.

  25. jobotjones says: Feb 24, 2016 9:54 PM

    Good for him, hope he wins.

  26. munsonsite says: Feb 24, 2016 9:54 PM

    Should worry more about his career he screwed up

  27. codythao35 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:56 PM

    Who told jpp to play with fire work in the first place? That’s what he gets for playing with Sheffer. He’s a sports reporter, of couse he’s going to show everything he has. Jpp won’t win, period.

  28. codythao35 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:58 PM

    Who told jpp to play with fire work in the first place? That’s what he gets for playing with Sheffer. He’s a sports reporter, of couse he’s going to show everything he has. Jpp crushed his own fingers and won’t win, period.

  29. ctiggs says: Feb 24, 2016 9:58 PM

    Hipaa does not apply to the people that dont work at that hospital but he should have had some decency not to post that.

  30. rolf1015 says: Feb 24, 2016 9:59 PM

    Now it’s time for someone to sue ESPN/Mortensen for his completely false report that 11 of 12 footballs in the 2014 AFCCG were 2 lbs under the PSI limit.

  31. FraggleJones says: Feb 24, 2016 10:01 PM

    “NFL reporters report on all kinds of medical information on a daily basis. That’s part of the job. The only difference here was that there was a photo.”

    The only difference is that typically injury information is voluntarily given by team or league officials. This was a dude taking a picture of legally protected medical information at a hospital while JPP was waiting to be operated on. Kinda different, there, Schefty.

  32. kneedragr says: Feb 24, 2016 10:02 PM

    Open and shut case, but I dont know how they will come up with damages. How did this harm JPP financially will be the first thing the judge asks.

  33. vikingforlife says: Feb 24, 2016 10:03 PM

    I truly hope JPP wins this. As a nurse, I take confidentiality more seriously than most fans do. Somehow, someway, though, why do I feel they are going to get away with this???

  34. ikeclanton says: Feb 24, 2016 10:06 PM

    I’m crossing my fingers for JPP hoping he can get the upper hand on this case.

  35. roadtrip3500 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:08 PM

    At the minimum, Schefter is guilty of receiving stolen property, as that record never should have left the hospital. Look for ESPN to settle to avoid the publicity (shaming) of a guilty verdict.

  36. PCa Survivor says: Feb 24, 2016 10:13 PM

    sbdt says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:38 PM

    HIPAA, bro. You probably wouldn’t want JPP tweeting the results of your colonoscopy.
    ____________________________________

    Love you armchair lawyers. Bro. Visit HHS.gov site and read the The HIPAA Privacy Rule. “..establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically.”

  37. buffalowned says: Feb 24, 2016 10:14 PM

    Good. Schefter and ESPN think they’re invincible. There should be some accountability for clown journalism.

  38. brucetrimble says: Feb 24, 2016 10:16 PM

    @sbdt
    That’s right. This case may bring to light the importance of protecting patients privacy. For me, what Adam did and ESPN supported became the last straw as a viewer of the network.

  39. corky2141 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:26 PM

    Even if Schefter didn’t know the law, one of the many ESPN lawyers should have known he would be breaking privacy laws & they should have stopped him

  40. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:27 PM

    stopped watching sports center, around the horn, pti, etc.

    if they broadcast a game I have interest in I will watch. I should probably stop that too.

  41. 1969whitetrash says: Feb 24, 2016 10:28 PM

    Good for him. I’m getting a little tired of the intrusion by the media and them using their sources to to protect them from breaking the law. What Schefter did was despicable, he illegally obtained protected information then tried to justify it by saying he’s protected by the law. That law was meant for journalist who expose corruption, not so they can steal medical information.

  42. zachbaden says: Feb 24, 2016 10:32 PM

    This suit doesn’t fall under HIPPA. HIPPA privacy laws only apply to “health plans, health care clearinghouses, and to any health care provider who transmits health information in electronic form”. Apparently there’s some independent Florida statute that may apply here but I don’t think this case is as black and white as many think.

  43. lscottman3 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:34 PM

    What are the damages?

    He can win but what does he win?

    Fool let it go

    And hippa has nothing to do with a journalist

  44. 1969whitetrash says: Feb 24, 2016 10:36 PM

    The fact that Schefter doesn’t see anything wrong with what he did speaks volumes. You were reporting the medical status of an NFL player, you were exposing government corruption or anything. Here’s what you did that was wrong, you had a source steal protected patient information and then tweeted it out, and then you hid behind the law saying your source was protected. You broke the law Adam, no matter how you try to justify it, you violated privacy laws and seem to think you’re entitled to since you have media credentials.

  45. fordbw says: Feb 24, 2016 10:36 PM

    JPP won’t win the lawsuit. HIPAA only applies to medical professionals. Shefter is a journalist. He can do whatever he wants with the information.

  46. huh6016 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:38 PM

    I think if you are stupid(JPP) you shouldn’t be allowed to sue anybody.

  47. zachbaden says: Feb 24, 2016 10:39 PM

    Also, Privacy Act of 1974 only applies to government agencies. There seems to be a lot of confusion about these privacy laws. Not as familiar with the Florida law but will look into it.

  48. sbs0311 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:42 PM

    The culpable party here is the hospital (through the employee that shared the private information). However immoral or unsavory Schefter and ESPN are, they were not the ones responsible for maintaining JPP’s privacy.

  49. truthfactory says: Feb 24, 2016 10:43 PM

    Didnt this website publish those pics too??

  50. 12stabler2branch21 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:44 PM

    It is against the law to purchase medical records. I hate espn and I hate Adam sphincter as well.

  51. tonydero says: Feb 24, 2016 10:45 PM

    Well, I guess he better make any money while he can….

  52. reprob8 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:48 PM

    As he should!

    ESPN is to news journalism what Colonel Sanders was to the military industrial complex.

    The case will likely be settled out of court, but the pseudo-journalists at the “Entertainment & Sports Programming Network” need to respect the medical privacy of players, as they would other ESPN personnel, NFL owners or the NFL Commissioner.

  53. bender4700 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:49 PM

    I’ll testify. Adam was wrong and should have been fired for it.

  54. veddermn8 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:50 PM

    “Schefter admitted that he “could and should have done more” before posting the image”

    uh, Adam, I think you “could have and should have” done less actually. Like not violate this guys privacy.

  55. zachbaden says: Feb 24, 2016 10:51 PM

    Florida law also looks like it will only apply to Healthcare providers and their employees. The bulk of the lawsuit is actually directed at the hospital and there’s really only one paragraph that addresses Shefter and ESPN. They’re trying to apply the statute to them but I expect they’ll be excused from the suit pretty quickly. The Hospital on the other hand could be in deep water here.

  56. kev86 says: Feb 24, 2016 10:52 PM

    Ambulance chaser. What a guy.

  57. dumbpollack says: Feb 24, 2016 11:00 PM

    The runt has enough $ stashed inside the high heels of his loafers to cover this.

  58. tinopuno says: Feb 24, 2016 11:15 PM

    immafubared says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:44 PM

    Hell need the money, carerr over. Like no one would haveeve seen pictures of his hand and that somenemelse mismrespnsiblemformhis fn with fire crackers. Another n who wont accept respnsibiltynfor is f ups.

    ———————————————

    We are indebted to you sir! We now have proof of the ‘Infinite number of monkeys and typewriters’ theorem.

  59. skittlesareyum says: Feb 24, 2016 11:16 PM

    It’s not a HIPPA violation to post the photos, as HIPPA only deals with those that store and maintain records. They likely violated state privacy laws for medical records, though.

  60. liontuss says: Feb 24, 2016 11:18 PM

    About time someone like JPP has the guts to finger the malicious sports content provider.

  61. redskinsareok says: Feb 24, 2016 11:19 PM

    Better settle with the big guy Shefty….

  62. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Feb 24, 2016 11:19 PM

    Sometimes people are missing body parts. But I never put them on Twitter.

  63. chargerdillon says: Feb 24, 2016 11:26 PM

    Slam Dunk HIPAA violation, however that will all be levied upon the hospital.

    Whoever leaked the photos will lose their job, the whole department could loser their job.

    It’s the absolute worst case scenario for a hospital.

    I wouldn’t be shocked if Schefter could sue the same person from the hospital who leaked the files.

    JPP will have more than enough money to never need to play football again.

  64. 33vikes says: Feb 24, 2016 11:30 PM

    ESPN is not covered by HIPAA.

  65. Drunk Uncle says: Feb 24, 2016 11:38 PM

    What damages did JPP suffer as a result of the photo? None. What damages did he experience by stupidly blowing off his hand during a contract dispute? Millions.

    I foresee a victory for JPP, with a $1 damages award.

  66. hrmlss says: Feb 24, 2016 11:43 PM

    As the owner of 2 Pharmacy’s who has to undergo Mandatory HIPPA training yearly. Schefter should face $10,000 fines for EACH breach, (2 patients multiplied by each exposure.) So if ESPN has 20 million viewers…… Plus prison time for each breach… Schefter can thank the Federal Goverment
    for his lengthy 1000’s of years in Prison.

  67. dejadoh says: Feb 24, 2016 11:46 PM

    I’m sure the espn producers cleared it with legal before putting it out. But regardless of legality, this kind of sensationalism is precisely what is wrong with our media world. The 4th estate is given a lot of leeway in these matters. But they lose our faith in fairness. Unless JPP can prove that espn stole this, that’s about the only complaint. JPP should file a complaint with the PoPo claiming espn knowingly received stolen property. Then it’s criminal, not all civil.

    By the way, JPP, loved that one sack this year, dude. What was my prediction here?

  68. cleepord says: Feb 24, 2016 11:49 PM

    It is none of our business about jpp’s hand…I hope he wins.

  69. demolition510 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:53 PM

    Even if he doesn’t win. Hope this slows these insiders rolls. Twitter fingers need to get checked.

  70. hawkforlife says: Feb 24, 2016 11:54 PM

    This is what comes from the ego of all reporters needing credit by other reporters for saying anything. According to Bubba, ESPN, garbage stinks.

  71. joseferreira1967 says: Feb 24, 2016 11:58 PM

    Dear Mr. Schefter. You work for ESPN, accuracy is not a requirement. Get your checkbook ready!!!

  72. vegagreenleaf says: Feb 25, 2016 12:05 AM

    HIPAA does not apply to Schefter. Crappy move? Yes. Violation of human decency? Probably. Illegal? Not even close….not even against civil law.

  73. spartan01 says: Feb 25, 2016 12:07 AM

    What is he suing him for? I’m not a lawyer, I leave that to Florio, but in a civil suit isn’t there some kind of dispute? JPP can’t blame him for not getting a new contract. Can’t blame him for not being able to grab a tackler. Adam gave out personal information but what measurable harm did it cause JPP that justifies a suit?

  74. playedthegame32 says: Feb 25, 2016 12:09 AM

    This case is as “open and shut” as it gets. Its an obvious and blatant violation of HIPAA privacy laws. It will NEVER make it to trial. The settlement will likely be very close to the requested amount from the Plaintiffs.

  75. joseferreira1967 says: Feb 25, 2016 12:11 AM

    jeremycrowhurst

    I’m assuming you were posting a legitimate question.

    There are protections in the law for everyone regarding private information. Medical records are one such item. Even if you are a public figure.

    And in this case it seems dollars were exchanged as well so there’s quite a bit of questionable action here by the journalist, ESPN, the hospital and the hospital employees involved.

  76. tylawspick6 says: Feb 25, 2016 12:15 AM

    Finish ESPN and Goodell for good.

    Brady must sue.

  77. jhonnyklassik says: Feb 25, 2016 12:23 AM

    How much will he get when he wins? Any guesses?

  78. damcmp says: Feb 25, 2016 12:51 AM

    good man JPP!!! sue that sucker!

  79. truecowboyfan says: Feb 25, 2016 12:54 AM

    He should be suing for more than 15,000. It sounds like he is just trying to prove a point. I would love to see ESPN lose millions because it is a long time coming with all the bogus stories they’ve reported.

  80. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 25, 2016 12:56 AM

    Any updates on the illegal release of Josh Freeman’s private medical information by Tampa Bay management?!?

  81. sariff420 says: Feb 25, 2016 12:56 AM

    How is Schefter or Espn bound by HPAA? If anything, Pierre Paul has no case against them. Only the hospital and the doctor

  82. philly462 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:02 AM

    I honestly don’t think I’ve turned on ESPN more than 10 times in 10 years. I refuse to read any articles from their site and if I took a crap in the woods, I’d rather use my hand than their magazine to clean my own feces away.

    Remember when those idiots bought a little blog and put it into ESPN Insider? I’ll bet you that guy made a pretty penny off of it. Haha.

  83. bengalsfan2079 says: Feb 25, 2016 1:09 AM

    He will win and rightfully so no contest on this lawsuit.

  84. oddte says: Feb 25, 2016 1:48 AM

    bigbensbathroombuddy says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:48 PM
    JPP should win this…. single-handedly.

    ____________________________

    He might, or it might blow up in his face.

  85. CowboyErik says: Feb 25, 2016 2:00 AM

    sue for full value of ESPN and scumbag shefter’s net worth times 10

  86. rootpain says: Feb 25, 2016 2:15 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy. I hope JPP wins the case and that the settlement nearly bankrupts ESPN and Schefter.

  87. Hitdog18 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:16 AM

    Good, I hope he screws espn

  88. ripcityfanatic says: Feb 25, 2016 2:24 AM

    It’s about time someone gets this guy. This guy has no business ethics whatsoever. JPP way to go.

  89. Bigfoot says: Feb 25, 2016 2:24 AM

    get real people JPP blew his hand off no big deal. The information would have come out eventually. More power to ESPN. I love ESPN

  90. sf546 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:26 AM

    immafubared says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:44 PM
    Hell need the money, carerr over. Like no one would haveeve seen pictures of his hand and that somenemelse mismrespnsiblemformhis fn with fire crackers. Another n who wont accept respnsibiltynfor is f ups

    —————————-

    Did you type this without using your index finger and thumb?

  91. ebdug says: Feb 25, 2016 2:49 AM

    When did Adam Schefter ever show regard for somebody’s privacy in the history of Adam Schefterdom.

  92. gonakgod says: Feb 25, 2016 3:02 AM

    Unfortunately for Jason Pierre Paul he lacked the requisite digits to sign the forms for finalizing the lawsuit.

  93. tanstewie says: Feb 25, 2016 3:40 AM

    For all you non lawyers yelling hipaa, it doesn’t apply to media. It applies to healthcare professionals and related entities (health insurers). However, JPP does have an invasion of privacy claim against the media involved, 2 separate claims. And the invasion of privacy claim is worth far more than a hipaa claim which has set limits.

  94. boobsanders says: Feb 25, 2016 4:11 AM

    I always thought highly of Schefter, that he has integrity and everything but he dropped the ball on this one. Son, I am disapoint.

  95. blogatron2000 says: Feb 25, 2016 4:21 AM

    “It didn’t look to me as if there was anything else in there that could be considered sensitive,” Schefter said at the time.”
    —————————————————————

    Florio, am I wrong to think that there should have been some sort of legal vetting by ESPN prior to publication of the record to ensure that no privacy laws were being violated? Did that occur?

  96. Rolo Tomassi says: Feb 25, 2016 5:22 AM

    There were 10000 responses in 6 minutes to this article. Why aren’t there more than 20 comments

  97. themiamidolphins says: Feb 25, 2016 5:37 AM

    ESPN is trash and Schefter is trash. JPP will win this, as he should.

    But let’s not forget you guys also posted the photo at the time.

  98. nyneal says: Feb 25, 2016 5:39 AM

    This has been going on forever. Anyone remember the hottest topic in the 1980 World Series? It was that George Brett had to remove himself from game two in the 6th inning because of pain from hemorrhoids. He then had surgery to remove them.
    It was national news and Brett had to address his problem in front of the whole world. To his credit, he kept his sense of humor. After the surgery, he hit a home run in the 10th inning of the next game to win that one for KC and said, “my problems are all behind me”.
    If NFL players start suing because their medical problems are being discussed, it would open up a whole can of worms. The whole reason the NFL wants that stuff out there is because of the gambling which they count on to bring in money because of the increased interest in the games. They don’t want the odds makers and big money gamblers having inside information.
    So this law suit might be the tip of the iceberg and another thing the NFL has to worry about.

  99. themiamidolphins says: Feb 25, 2016 5:49 AM

    themiamidolphins says:
    Feb 25, 2016 5:37 AM
    ESPN is trash and Schefter is trash. JPP will win this, as he should.

    But let’s not forget you guys also posted the photo at the time.

    0 1

    *
    Sorry I was wrong here. I found the article on the site from the time of the event and there is no picture posted.

    My apologies.

  100. spotsdad says: Feb 25, 2016 6:03 AM

    Now can somebody sue that fraud Mort, who STILL hasn’t corrected his incorrect PSI article? May as well sue Roger Fraudell and Wells too. aka: Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe.

  101. trevor190 says: Feb 25, 2016 6:04 AM

    Good for him. Much as I like Schefter (and dislike ESPN) that was a scummy move.

  102. realityonetwo says: Feb 25, 2016 6:07 AM

    All the money in the world isn’t going to get Paul his finger back. He should sue himself for stupidity.

  103. blackstrat says: Feb 25, 2016 6:10 AM

    Because NFL Football involves injuries, reporting on them including surgeries to fix said injuries, is commonplace and even mandated.
    JPP hid from reporters and even his own team regarding his accident.
    So now he sues?
    His health is open to public consumption as per the leagues policy.
    LPP draws a huge salary and he has to know that part of his employment opportunity includes scrutiny.
    ESPN sucks I grant you but players know what is involved with playing in the NFL.

  104. Akula says: Feb 25, 2016 6:20 AM

    Long over due.

  105. sledge2000 says: Feb 25, 2016 6:23 AM

    ttommytom says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:48 PM
    How could Schlepper not know this was a HIPAA violation?

    ———————
    How could ttommytom post a comment like this without knowing what HIPAA is? HIPAA only applies to medical organizations and medical professionals, so Schefter has violated no laws. Common decency? Yes. Laws? No.

  106. quizlingclinic says: Feb 25, 2016 6:47 AM

    The one time they don’t report on rumor and bs….

  107. mikermiker says: Feb 25, 2016 7:07 AM

    I hope JPP takes these clowns to the woodshed

  108. qdog112 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:10 AM

    ESPN’s quest to monopolize sports is exhibit #1, as to why monopolies are not good for America.

    Wal-Mart is another example. I’ll let you guess which US president killed competition by allowing monopolies. HINT: rhymes with Donald Pagan.

    ESPN will settle this one pretty quick. Disney doesn’t like losing money and the PR hit from this, by dragging it out, hurts.

  109. whatjusthapped says: Feb 25, 2016 7:10 AM

    Exhibit #10,385 in why most Americans hate and don’t trust the press.

    The only difference between Adam Schefter and the male prostitutes working outside the Lincoln Tunnel is that Schefter wears deodorant.

  110. oakland2421 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:15 AM

    I don’t know who I hate more, Schefter or Silver. They both suck off the teat of pro football and have never strapped a helmet on in their life. What valuable contributors to society!…..mmm no.

  111. worldizending says: Feb 25, 2016 7:20 AM

    suggahbuggah says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:49 PM
    love it…ESPN needs a complete make over they are going down the tubes fast. Haven’t watched in years.

    Ihave also stopped watching “that network”. I has been just about a year now…and…I don’t miss it.

  112. rutherforddabrave says: Feb 25, 2016 7:38 AM

    I loathe Adam Schefter – at the absolute best he’s a tool of the industry to put forth narratives. Although keeping medical information private is the decent thing to do, as a “reporter” (and I use that term loosely), I don’t think he has any obligation to do so. That’s the hospital’s job. He’s not a medical professional…he’s also not a decent human being.

  113. ggagne66 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:47 AM

    Here’s my extremely uneducated opinion. Although he is a slimy reporter, I don’t believe he was in violation of the HPPA laws as they are currently constructed. They forbid hospitals, insurance companies and employers from releasing such information. If I find out your info from a voicemail or find your record on the street, you can’t sue me for telling people what I found out. Now if he paid for the info, maybe that constitutes illegal behavior. Still not cool to do that to someone though.

  114. boyso3 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:48 AM

    tonebones
    Feb 24, 2016, 9:48 PM EST
    He’s the Einstein that blew up his hand, and now he wants to sue somebody. If anything good is going to come from this, we should be talking about every year before the 4th of July, just to remind kids (young and old) that things can go seriously wrong when you play with explosives.

    Are you really that stupid. It doesn’t matter what happened to Pierre-Paul or whether or not he did something stupid, which he obviously did, it’s about every person having a right to privacy when it comes to their medical records. Have you never heard of HIPPA? If that’s the case I hope the next time you need medical care the attending doctor photocopies your chart and hangs copies of it all around the hospital for everyone to see. I’m confident you won’t have a problem with it.

  115. 2ruefan says: Feb 25, 2016 7:49 AM

    He won’t win.
    Schefter has no obligation to comply with HIPPA here.

    The HOSPITAL does. They blew it and should be sued and people should be fired and/or lose licenses if they have any.

    If Schefter had violated some law in GETTING the information, like sneaking behind a desk and taking out a chart, etc., then he would be liable. But he didn’t and he’s not.

  116. 32raiderfan34 says: Feb 25, 2016 7:50 AM

    He certainly is pointing the finger at a lot of people here.

  117. razzlejag says: Feb 25, 2016 7:51 AM

    Anyone else here who works in the health care system knows how a HIPAA violation is going to go for them It is absolutely beaten into us to the point that we fear saying anything to anybody b/c we will be fired immediately.

    I am not making this up and other health care practitioners will agree with me. For ESPN to show an image of a patient’s record is just mind-boggling to me.

  118. terripet says: Feb 25, 2016 7:52 AM

    Good fire this jerk ever since he got to espn he became arrogant

  119. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Feb 25, 2016 7:54 AM

    Still waiting for the law suit regarding the erroneous PSI levels ESPN & Mort reported. Maybe then we can find out which NFL executive spread the LIES that resulted in framegate.

  120. grogantomorgan says: Feb 25, 2016 8:01 AM

    ktenn88 says:
    Feb 24, 2016 9:46 PM
    I sued Schefter before. He stole my wife.

    =================

    I thought it was because he was trying to give her back !

  121. bigredgoog says: Feb 25, 2016 8:07 AM

    Sue reporters when they make stories up out of whole cloth. That is worthy of big punishment. Getting something TRUE out, even if unseemly, is something we have to protect for journalism.

    Someone earlier said it right, sue the hospital but the media who receives it should be under no obligation to keep secrets.

    This is an issue bigger than sports. The media is truly one of the checks and balances of the U.S. and as big of punks as they often act, the alternative of handcuffing them would be a change that would ignite corruption.

  122. beachsidejames says: Feb 25, 2016 8:12 AM

    O.K….Lets shake on that.

  123. jerry944 says: Feb 25, 2016 8:14 AM

    Pointing the finger at shef

  124. xballhawkx says: Feb 25, 2016 8:18 AM

    It’s not that Schefter published the document but he was in collusion with the hospital staff member to illegally obtain them. Publishing the document just provided proof. ESPN will probably be exonerated but Schefter should be punished. You can’t reward illegal and unethical activities. NFL should revoke Schefter’s press pass.

  125. sidepull says: Feb 25, 2016 8:18 AM

    Schefter comes across as a know it all. ESPN thinks they can make stuff up, report anything, break laws, and nobody will question them. I mean how stupid is Shefter? I hope JPP takes em down a peg.

  126. badskidmarks says: Feb 25, 2016 8:19 AM

    People need to do a little research before posting. Reporters are not bound by HIPAA laws. JPP can win a suit against the hospital or any caregiver that leaked the information, but reporters are not obligated to follow these laws.

    While it was a pretty pathetic thing to do, Schefter did not actually break any laws by reporting the information.

  127. igglesfan83 says: Feb 25, 2016 8:22 AM

    I don’t think he’ll win. If a news paper can print the “pentagon papers” which were classified then I’m pretty sure medical records are fair game.

  128. glaedrfly says: Feb 25, 2016 8:24 AM

    But Schefter/ESPN tipped JPP’s hand when he wouldn’t let his own team know how bad the injury really was.

  129. upyoursnfu says: Feb 25, 2016 8:27 AM

    Hopefully he didn’t have to sign anything

  130. getyourownname says: Feb 25, 2016 8:33 AM

    As bad as Schefter’s move was, the worse part is that he doesn’t see anything wrong with it. And yet he keeps being propped up by other media as some kind of oracle.

    If I had my way he would serve as a sideline reporter asking the coach dumb questions at halftime, which is about what he deserves. Not to mention he is really annoying to listen to.

  131. footballfan72 says: Feb 25, 2016 8:42 AM

    Media isn’t bound by HIPAA laws, only hospitals and doctors and other medical folks

  132. flexx91 says: Feb 25, 2016 8:43 AM

    Dummy, yes he will win.

  133. billh1947 says: Feb 25, 2016 8:43 AM

    “The hospital, I understand. But since when do reporters have an obligation to keep information private?”

    They have an obligation to keep info private when the info was aquired illegally as in this case.

  134. chitown12 says: Feb 25, 2016 8:46 AM

    ESPN is being sued because they are relevant. As a relevant news operation they have an obligation to ensure that privacy, truth and accuracy are attributes that matter. They have failed in that regard – in multiple instances.

  135. chrisk61 says: Feb 25, 2016 8:49 AM

    and if jpp wins the suit…

    he will celebrate…

    with fireworks !

    jpp and pla HEE co are neck & neck for dumbest all time giant. they defeated Lawrence taylor to make it to the final.

  136. gomybirdsgo says: Feb 25, 2016 8:52 AM

    Yeah, The espn guy didn’t do anything illegal. So JPP will win. the only thing they had to hang over the espn guy is who gave it to him but that has already been settled. I hope the espn loses because espn sucks. But he won’t. And it is also hard to route for a moron like JPP anyway

  137. babyjunkie says: Feb 25, 2016 9:13 AM

    Talkin bout fireworks on the ground. Tell ’em how you gonna HAM. Tell ’em how you gonna HAM. He just ate some soup right now. That’s my best friend. That’s my best friend, ooooooooh.

  138. footballboozer says: Feb 25, 2016 9:21 AM

    I hope he wins, ESPN needs to understand you cant get away with this.
    I hope the Patriots also sue!

  139. pourman says: Feb 25, 2016 9:24 AM

    As I understand it the hospital is bound by HIPAA (which is why they settled) but the media are not. If only we could have gotten an attorney to comment…Mr. Florio?

  140. seabrawk12 says: Feb 25, 2016 9:26 AM

    He should sue his parents and his former educators for failing to teach him to not hold lit fireworks in his hand. Clearly he was a helpless victim that couldn’t have possibly known the risk he was taking.

  141. edavidberg says: Feb 25, 2016 9:30 AM

    Schefter is in big trouble because he had to know the records were stolen/not authorized. You can’t induce someone to break the law and then avoid responsibility for it. Plus, he himself disseminated it which is an invasion of privacy.

  142. evermoresg says: Feb 25, 2016 9:31 AM

    I don’t believe JPP will win this suit; he has already settled with Jackson Hospital over the breach.

    However, what this does do is air ESPN and Schefter’s dirty laundry as to how they acquired the report, if money exchanged hands. ESPN will do everything to have this thrown out before the discovery stage, because if there was money involved, it would bring about serious damage to whatever credibility ESPN has as a “news” organization, and could cause the NFL and NFLPA to react harshly against ESPN.

  143. vikingforlife says: Feb 25, 2016 9:32 AM

    To the media, while he is in the hospital, his medical records are private – case closed.

  144. contract says: Feb 25, 2016 9:33 AM

    1st Amendment > HIPAA

  145. cleromanticon says: Feb 25, 2016 9:38 AM

    Media are not necessarily bound by HIPAA laws, but confidential information still has to be legally obtained by the journalist. Schefter can’t have played ANY part in obtaining the records. If he’s found to have asked for them, or encouraged hospital employees to leak them, he could be in huge trouble. If he paid anyone for those records, he is most definitely screwed.

    If the hospital employees involved took it upon themselves to send the records to Schefter unprompted, then Schefter will have no liability.

  146. abanig says: Feb 25, 2016 9:45 AM

    I hope he bankrupts both Espn & Schefter. It’s illegal what they did

  147. levanderwilliams says: Feb 25, 2016 9:51 AM

    Fire this clown already.

  148. TB12RALLYCRY says: Feb 25, 2016 9:55 AM

    Paul has a huge case here, this has nothing to do with being a fan or not and has to do with simple privacy issues with HIPPA and nothing related to football. Adam S. should get slammed for this . It has been happening for years regardless of occupation….

  149. vikingforlife says: Feb 25, 2016 10:03 AM

    Okay, who loves that picture of shifty Schefty they used???

  150. painsyndicate says: Feb 25, 2016 10:13 AM

    JPP is a primadonna and not that great of a player. That said I absolutely hate Adam Schefter and I hope he loses enough of his assets in this lawsuit that it hurts him permanently.

  151. factman66 says: Feb 25, 2016 10:16 AM

    It’s time we change some laws. The media effectively used the 1st Amendment to violate the law and the rights of a citizen. It’s time the media realized they aren’t entitled to invade people’s privacy any more, this is the straw that broke the camel’s back. I’m calling my senator, I’m not standing for this anymore. The media thinks their 1st Amendment rights should be protected but take no issue stomping all over people’s rights. It really comes down to common decency and the media has proven once again they don’t have any.

  152. ricko1112 says: Feb 25, 2016 10:43 AM

    Mort reported that JPP blew off 11 out of 12 fingers and has yet to apologize for the blatant lie!

  153. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 25, 2016 10:44 AM

    i find this situation eerily similiar to the one where marsean lynch refused to talk to the media. sorry folks, but if jpp wants to play in the national football league and make millions of dollars than he has to acept the fact that having your medical records leaked comes with the contract

  154. bonitalocal says: Feb 25, 2016 10:47 AM

    I just saw a photo of Mort’s medical chart.
    Turns out it wasn’t throat cancer at all…..just a couple of more lies still stuck in the back of his throat.

  155. silvernblacksabbath says: Feb 25, 2016 10:55 AM

    Let’s make sure whenever Schefter goes to the hospital for a surgery, someone will post his whole chart online🙂

  156. bonitalocal says: Feb 25, 2016 10:58 AM

    As the owner of 2 Pharmacy’s who has to undergo Mandatory HIPPA training yearly. Schefter should face $10,000 fines for EACH breach, (2 patients multiplied by each exposure.) So if ESPN has 20 million viewers…… Plus prison time for each breach… Schefter can thank the Federal Goverment
    for his lengthy 1000’s of years in Prison.
    ——————————————————————-

    I don’t know if I’d like to use a pharmacy that is owned by someone who owns two “Pharmacy’s”.

  157. bzillaz says: Feb 25, 2016 11:18 AM

    I’m sure the judge will finger out who’s to blame.

  158. eaglesfan290 says: Feb 25, 2016 12:01 PM

    Does HIPPA even apply to Schefter he is not the hospital or the doctor and as a member of the press he can publish anything that is true if it serves the public?

    Is it unethical to publish yes, is it illegal probably not!

    This is a civil suit anyway and the first part of a civil suit is to prove harm/damage. I think the harm was done by the firework not the picture being posted.

  159. conflictedobserver says: Feb 25, 2016 12:31 PM

    reporters are under no legal obligation to keep a players medical records private.
    This is a money grab plain and simple.
    He should be more worried about his own severe lack of judgement (thats as nice as i can put it) than the actions of others. If he had acted like a responsible adult none of this would have happened.
    He did it to himself

  160. roadtrip3500 says: Feb 25, 2016 12:35 PM

    For those trying to describe this…

    1. It’s HIPAA (two As), not HIPPA.

    2. HIPAA oversight is not limited to hospitals, doctors, and medical personnel. My signature is on a HIPAA certification document because even though I’m in market research and not medicine, my employer does perform customer service surveys for medical clients where we are given certain information necessary for the survey. Anyone who handles personally identifiable medical information as part of their profession is subject to HIPAA. And there’s only one passing grade for that certification test.

    3. JPP was NOT an NFL player in July 2015. He was an unsigned free agent. The Giants had tagged him, but that only grants rights of negotiation. Schefter did not post information about a signed player – JPP was a private citizen at that time.

    4. This is a civil suit, where the burden of proof is far less than a criminal proceeding. Schefter was in possession of illegally-obtained medical records, and presented them to the public. ESPN approved the posting by not stopping their employee from doing so. JPP has a win here, and the defendants will settle.

  161. zeke2517 says: Feb 25, 2016 12:36 PM

    Actually, he could and should have done less.

    Either way, we all would have eventually found out that JPP is a moron.

  162. zeke2517 says: Feb 25, 2016 12:40 PM

    “He’s the Einstein that blew up his hand, and now he wants to sue somebody.”

    He’s not suing anyone for blowing up his hand, you dumb child.

  163. wtfwtfomgwtf says: Feb 25, 2016 12:57 PM

    I’m curious if we will be made aware of what sort of bribe or compensation ESPN paid the hospital employees (sources) to receive this information ?

  164. jgedgar70 says: Feb 25, 2016 4:49 PM

    This is good. Adam Schefter is one of those bugs that runs for cover when you turn the lights on, and the suits at ESPN think they are higher life forms than everyone else. I hope JPP wins, and wins big.

  165. knuf69 says: Feb 25, 2016 6:46 PM

    For all of you that thank HIPAA does not apply to reporters, Try Google next time. There was an update in 2003 that applies here. Reporting about an incident/ surgery is one thing. Publishing Medical records without the consent of the patient whoever they may be, or without a Judges ruling is against the law

  166. breadmeatcheese says: Feb 27, 2016 8:30 PM

    Would love to see how many pro gossipers hound this guy for a sound bite, or how many ambush questions he gets when he’s on the radio talking about other things…after all pro gossipers would “just be doing their jobs,” right? This seems like too good a story to not try and give “legs” too.

  167. danm1978 says: Mar 1, 2016 6:34 AM

    kneedragr says:
    Feb 24, 2016 10:02 PM
    Open and shut case, but I dont know how they will come up with damages. How did this harm JPP financially will be the first thing the judge asks.
    ———————————–
    It doesn’t harm him financially at all. It isn’t as though he can hide the surgery.

  168. stanklepoot says: Mar 1, 2016 7:57 PM

    There’s a big difference between reporting on medical information that an employee has already given to his employer (knowing that it will eventually be released to the media), and gaining access to and releasing confidential medical files.

  169. vikingforlife says: Mar 2, 2016 8:07 AM

    This is not about the $$$. It’s about the sneaky, “I’ve /we’ve got to get the inside/dirty scoop on this or any other story first” mentality of these so-called journalists and top news stations. Was this a dumb/boneheaded accident by JPP? Yes, I think we all can agree on that. But that is not what is the point here. They got this info illegally/immorally and put it out there for all to see (and they KNEW it is was no matter what they claim!). WRONG. WRONG. WRONG. That is the point.

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