Jason Pierre-Paul recounts the night of fireworks accident

AP

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul hasn’t tried to hide the fact his right hand was mangled in a fireworks accident.

But after talking openly about the details of the explosion that required claimed his right index finger (along with what could have been a massive contract), Pierre-Paul said he’s grateful to be alive.

“When I look in the mirror, I’m happy,” the Giants defensive end told Jason Buckland of Sports Illustrated. “Thank the Lord—it could have been worse.”

If you click on the link, you’ll have the opportunity to view photos of the aftermath of the explosion. If you have just eaten lunch and have a sensitive stomach, it might not be the best idea.

But unlike his medical records published by ESPN’s Adam Schefter (which led to a lawsuit), the photographs were shared freely by Pierre-Paul himself, who relived the July 4th accident in incredible detail.

For example, the numerous skin grafts required to repair the damage to his right hand completely relocated a tattoo which was once on his forearm. It now surrounds his middle finger. Yeah, the pictures are fairly gross, and will make you re-think your lunch choices if you take a look at them. But Pierre-Paul’s description might do that for you anyway.

“I’m looking at my [right] hand and I’m seeing every ligament,” he said. “You only see this stuff in the movies.”

The story details his hospital stay, including details of the way he tried to keep things private — including checking in under the name Don X.

He understands what he lost, but remains grateful the damage wasn’t worse, and didn’t cost him his entire hand or worse.

“I have no regrets at all [about the accident],” he said. “I carry myself differently. I look at things differently. I try not to put myself in horrible situations anymore. I have a lot of people depending on me—even people I didn’t know depended on me.”

His comeback this year will be watched carefully after he signed a one-year prove-it deal with the Giants, as they and he try to see if he can become the kind of feared pass-rusher he was before the night that changed his life.

31 responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul recounts the night of fireworks accident

  1. These idiots,, “he said he has no regrets” and he contradicts himself in the next sentence, no fool, you shouldnt have been lightning up fireworks, that should be your sole regret.

  2. Dude’s lucky he’s able to earn a million+ a year and he hopefully can continue and also can hold onto some of that $$$.

    Those of us living in the real world where we have to work for a living would be in deep trouble handicapped with a club for a hand. Can’t type, can’t use tools well, can’t do many things that employers demand from their employees.

    Most of the world needs their digits just to earn a meager living unlike football PLAYERS.

  3. All the best big man. I am first to admit Innever thought you would be able to play ball again. I was wrong. Have a great career and I know you must smile big getting to play in the NFL again.

  4. good lesson learned here. best of luck in the future.
    we all learned from our mistakes all the time, including the stupid ones.

  5. Well let’s see, “I’m a dumb football player and I blew my fingers off being dumb. It’s a natural talent I have.” That pretty much covers it.

  6. Yeah no regrets. Guarantee he would give up the majority of his bank account to go back in time and prevent it. The reason he’s even talking about it at all proves he regrets it and upsets him on a daily basis to the point that he has to continue talking about it

  7. obviously this interview is meant to show his level of recovery…

    but it backfires big time as he ends up showing a hook strap to simply pick up a 40lb bell. I know a couple of people who are 75+ years old can do that bare handed.

    At least he comes across as humble about it all in the interview, which will help

    but at the end of the day, he’s never going to put serious gripping or pulling force on anybody with that hand again.

  8. Hard to fault a guy for loving the 4th. But it’s also ok to hire a professional to set off your $1000s worth of fireworks.

  9. Is it weird to anyone else that they aren’t saying what type of firework it was? All they gave was a super generic description of a firework.

  10. Scott Wetzel, weekend host on Mad Dog Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, has consistently pointed out that we have NEVER SEEN the hand and the face in the same photo. Why? Why is that?

    I can’t say I don’t believe this actually happened but it certainly is curious as to why we don’t see both in one photo.

    “No regrets”, eh? Balderdash!

  11. Youre lying 1000% bud. You can see all the ligaments and you have no regrets over a firework for a holiday. Its not like you joined the military and saved lives by throwing a grenade back and it explodes in your hand. Then I’d have no regrets. This dude is a clown. How could someone go thru life and not have one regret??? Thats a delusional person.

  12. Can someone explain the outrage with JPP but not Gordon? JPP lite off some fireworks like 90% of us do around the 4th. Bc he suffered and unfortunate accident now he’s an idiot. What if someone blows up on you and you lie fingers I don’t think you’ll appreciate being publicly humiliated bc of an actual mistake. Yet DA likely Gordon should be allowed to play a sport yet failing maybe 20 drug tests since college? Cmon you can’t be serious

  13. allidoiswin55 – 90%? I strongly disagree with that. A lot of us prefer to watch trained professionals take care of it.

    I was right there with JPP until the “no regrets” comment. You have to have some regret about a completely preventable accident. Otherwise, at least he’s not hiding from it. A refreshing change from the “deny, deny, deny” approach most others use.

  14. n0hopeleft says:
    Apr 12, 2016 1:23 PM
    No matter how his career ends, he’ll still have one more ring than any Eagles player of the last 55+ years.
    ————————–
    Lol. You know, nobody mentioned the Eagles I the article or in the comments. But here you are mentioning the Eagles unprovoked. Wierd.

  15. Of course he’s sorry about blowing his hand up, but I give him credit for not being bitter and angry about it.

    He’s grateful to be alive. It also sounds like he learned a hard but important lesson about life that maybe he wouldn’t have if this didn’t happen.

    The glass is half full for some people and JPP sounds like that kind of guy.

  16. richiethegreek says:
    Apr 12, 2016 6:03 PM

    n0hopeleft says:
    Apr 12, 2016 1:23 PM
    “No matter how his career ends, he’ll still have one more ring than any Eagles player of the last 55+ years”.

    And no finger to put it on.

  17. helicopterpilot13 says:
    Apr 12, 2016 2:16 PM
    What a stupid idiot.
    “No regrets.”
    Sure. He’s GLAD he blew his hand up.
    Anyone with a tattoo on their neck is an idiot.
    ————————————————-

    I have a tattoo on each side of my neck… and an IQ of 164

  18. allidoiswin55 says:
    Apr 12, 2016 4:42 PM
    Can someone explain the outrage with JPP but not Gordon? JPP lite off some fireworks like 90% of us do around the 4th. Bc he suffered and unfortunate accident now he’s an idiot. What if someone blows up on you and you lie fingers I don’t think you’ll appreciate being publicly humiliated bc of an actual mistake. Yet DA likely Gordon should be allowed to play a sport yet failing maybe 20 drug tests since college? Cmon you can’t be serious


    What? Next time, in English please

  19. What do you mean he ‘never tried to hide the fact his hand was mangled’? Don’t you remember how for weeks he refused to let anyone from the team or league look at his records or examine him or discuss what happened with him?

    Sound like the text book definition of ‘hiding that his hand was mangled’.

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