New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has settled his long-running invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter.
Schefter, an ESPN NFL insider, obtained Pierre Paul's medical records after the infamous 2015 fireworks accident where JPP lost fingers. He then posted those records on Twitter, prompting Pierre-Paul to file suit for what he contends were violations of his privacy and the state of Florida's medical statute.
A Florida judge dismissed the latter claim, but allowed the lawsuit to move forward. The two sides had been in litigation for nearly two years prior to the announcement of the settlement.
"The matter has been resolved amicably," says John Lukacs Sr, Pierre-Paul's attorney. "I have no further comment at this time."
ESPN also released a statement, firmly in defense of Schefter and his practices.
"ESPN continues to firmly believe that it's reporting about Mr. Pierre-Paul's July 2015 injury, including the use of a medical chart that definitively described the seriousness of the injury and resulting treatment, was both newsworthy and journalistically appropriate."
There is no official word on the terms of the settlement, but based on the statements it appears both parties agree ESPN will deny any wrongdoing in exchange for an undisclosed sum.