Ethically correct? New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul's medical charts released

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New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul had his finger amputated yesterday, and we know this thanks to leaked medical charts that made their way onto Twitter.

The 26-year-old had surgery to remove his right index finger yesterday, after injuring his hands during a fireworks accident on July 4.

The injury is already having an effect on Pierre-Paul's career, as the Giants withdrew their $60 million long-term contract offer with the defensive end once they heard the news of the incident.


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As reported yesterday by Adam Schefter on Twitter, ESPN managed to obtain the medical charts that showed the defensive end had his right index finger amputated.

Was it ethically right for Schefter and ESPN to release this medical chart?

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a 1996 law that protects medical records.

Schefter or ESPN never violated this law because according to a WISN 12 News article interviewing Kelly McBride, a media ethics expert at the Poynter Institute, she said: "HIPAA laws apply to a very specific list of medical professionals."

Schefter is not a doctor as far as I am aware.

There must have been someone in the medical center that leaked this information to Schefter in the first place. They have violated the law and must be found and disciplined.

The defensive end apparently asked for the amputation, and this also explains why none of the Giants officials that visited South Florida yesterday to see Pierre-Paul were able to see him, as he was in surgery.

In terms of Pierre-Paul, the amputation of his right index finger shouldn't have detrimental affects on his playing career.

According to Ian Rapoport, the 26-year-old could be back to playing football sooner than we think, as the surgery may have accelerated his recovery process.

Alex Johnson reported yesterday for GiveMeSport that Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson, also had surgery on his hand this week due to a firework incident.

He lost his index and middle finger on his hand. His career, like Pierre-Paul's, is also now in jeopardy.

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