The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are being sued for $20 million by one former employee who blames them for causing him to prematurely retire from the NFL.
As reported by The New York Daily News, former kicker Lawrence Tynes is seeking the huge sum in a lawsuit against the NFC South franchise.
The two-time Super Bowl winner with the New York Giants claims that an MRSA infection he picked up in his toe in August 2013 - an issue that ultimately led to him calling time on his pro career - was caused by the "unsanitary conditions" at the Tampa Bay training facility.
Tynes alleges that the Bucs staff deceived him at the time of the injury, whilst also failing to inform others who used the facility of the infection outbreak. Two other players on the Tampa roster at the time, Carl Nicks and Jonathan Banks, also contracted an MRSA infection that year.
The $20 million being sought by the former NFL player though concerns losses in potential future earnings. The lawsuit claims that, with Tymes 35 at the time of the issue, he could have continued for another five or six season - earning millions of dollars in the process - had Tampa followed the correct procedure.
As it was though Tynes never played a game - for Tampa or anyone else - after contracting the issue and, speaking to ESPN, he made clear his stance:
"I'm at a billion-dollar company with the supposed best doctors in the world, and not one of them told me that I had that (the MRSA infection)? I know they knew I had it. They just didn't want me to have it."
In an earlier interview dating to the summer of 2014 Tynes claimed the Tampa Bay Buccanneers purposefully kept him on the Injured Reserve list in order to protect themselves from further scrutiny. Today's lawsuit though looks set to put player and franchise on a collision course in the court room.
Reports this week suggest that Tynes was paid his full $905,000 salary for the 2013 season by the Bucs while, in 2014, they reached a settlement with the kicker's former teammate Carl Nicks who also picked up a similar infection whilst working at the facility.
Nicks reportedly received $3 million from the NFL team after he too had to quit the game early.
At the time Tampa Bay were forced to completely sanitize their facility to rid themselves of the MRSA infection.
Lawrence Tynes himself claims that he is still unable to kick a football due to the lingering pain caused by the infection.
What do you think Bucs fans? Should the franchise have to pay out $20 million, or have they already done all they can? Let us know in the comments section below...
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