Buccaneers, Lawrence Tynes reach settlement in MRSA lawsuit


After a nearly two-year legal battle, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former kicker Lawrence Tynes have reached a settlement in a lawsuit over Tynes’ contraction or MRSA in 2013.

Via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, the settlement was reached on February 10 in Hillsborough County court agreeing to “jointly stipulate and agree to dismissal” of the suit.

Three members of the Buccaneers contracted the infection in 2013. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – otherwise known as MRSA – is a virulent staph infection resistant to antibiotics treatment. Tynes, guard Carl Nicks and cornerback Johnthan Banks all dealt with the infection during the season. Tynes sued the Buccaneers seeking $20 million and claimed that the infection ended his career. Neither Tynes or Nicks played another game after their bouts with the infection.

Tynes has said that the issue has left him in daily pain. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

8 responses to “Buccaneers, Lawrence Tynes reach settlement in MRSA lawsuit

  1. Well not sure it quite ended his career. Never less he was an old kicker who had a pretty good run with 2 SB…but sure why the hell not sue the billionaire owner? Sounds like Nicks and Banks came late to the party if you ask me

  2. …..What the Bucs did by NOT putting him on IR was sleezy….cost him part of his pension for years of service. The whole MRSA outbreak was handled poorly by Tampa. I’m glad he won….not because I think he was out for easy money, but because the Bucs really messed with him. They messed with wrong guy….he’s fought for every job he had, including beating out Morton Anderson for his job. My guess is he got at least a 3-6 million dollar settlement. (Carl Nicks was given 3 million to go away).

  3. What you’re not seeing reported was that Tynes had MRSA a month before coming to the Buccaneers, and it had supposedly cleared up (that’s the story).

    So the truth is, he probably brought the MRSA into the locker room himself.

  4. The Bucs did not put him on IR because he was the original source of the MRSA, and he denied it, saying it started in the locker room. He caused 2 others players to get it.

    So before you people judge the Bucs, do a little research.

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