Pierre Paul was an NFL Super Bowl champion, an NFL All Pro selection and a two time NFL Pro Bowler before he accidentally maimed himself on Jul. 4, 2015.
The star player was operating Independence Day fireworks when they exploded, mangling his right hand.
Pierre Paul tried to stay out of the public, refused to meet with any Giants personnel, and even employed a decoy with a bandage on the wrong hand, all to keep the injury "under wraps" as it were.
The day the star defensive end had surgical amputation to remove his right index finger, however, ESPN reporter Adam Schefter obtained the Operating Room chart of the Jason Pierre Paul procedure and posted it on Twitter.
"ESPN obtained medical charts that show Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had right index finger amputated today," tweeted Schefter on Jul. 8, 2015, in the hours following the surgical amputation.
Two months before his injury, Pierre Paul signed a deal with the Giants that would have paid him a possible $14 million.
After the scandal and missing half the season due to the injury, Pierre Paul signed a one year deal that would see him earn a possible $9 million. Now he is suing Schefter for damages.
"This action arises out of ESPN reporter Schefter's blatant disregard for the private and confidential nature of Plaintiff's medical records...Schefter improperly obtained Plaintiff's medical records from a hospital and then...electronically blasted the records to his approximately 4 million Twitter followers," states the Pierre Paul complaint.