I recently read an article in the Boston Globe about former Tennessee Titans wide receiver David Givens which blew my mind. Givens is suing the Titans for $25 million, claiming that the team had neglected to tell im about a defect in his knee which ultimately led to his career-ending injury in 2006. Apparently, during contract negotiations, Givens had gone through a physical wherein the doctor discovered a knee defect which would require surgery at some point. Givens claims that the doctor then informed the team that he "may not be able to make a full 16-game season", but that the team then neglected to inform him of his condition and instead urged him to keep playing. According to the lawsuit, "The decision was made by the Titans management, coaching and medical staffs to risk serious injury and aggravation to a preexisting condition without so much as consulting or discussing that situation with David Givens".
Personally, i'm appalled by the situation. How could the team or the doctor not think to inform a player of something as serious as a health condition? It seems somewhat counter-intuitive doesn't it? Not telling an athlete (a football player especially) about a defect in his knee? It's terrible that such a decision led to the end of Givens' career. It points out a rather flawed aspect of our society today, doesn't it? The lengths that some people go through in the name of sports. Most of the time, I hear about athletes who refuse to report an injury for fear that they won't be able to play the rest of the game. Or how some athletes abuse pain-killers so that they can play through the pain. In this case, I feel somewhat disgusted with the team managers (or whoever is responsible) for thinking that the team was more important than an individual player. Their actions show a blatant disregard of a fellow human's life, does it not? Ok, so maybe that sounds kind of dramatic. But I stand by my claim that what they did was rather inhumane.
link to article: http://www.boston.com/sports/f...titans_for_25_million/