Former Bucs punter Michael Koenen, who was released this offseason, thinks he knows what caused his health issues that ultimately cost him a job in the NFL.
His advice? Don’t drink the water.
Koenen told Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com recently that an unnamed sports water, that he believes is tainted with mold spores, was the culprit and caused inflammation and pain in his body and eventually cost him his job.
“When I would go home, that’s all we would drink,” Koenen said in a telephone interview with Marvez. “I would flush my system by drinking pH water and trying to keep healthy. When I started feeling sick, I began trying to drink more of it to try to flush whatever was in me out. It ended up making it worse.”
Marvez wrote, “Koenen said the problem was compounded further by doctors who were unable to identify what was causing his ailment, including one who wanted to prescribe anti-depressants because of the belief his symptoms were psychosomatic. Koenen said it wasn’t until recently that he was diagnosed with mycotoxins that may be the root of the problem.”
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IF…that was truly the cause…he had every opportunity in the world to walk down the hall and inform team doctors and trainers. Since I’m not aware of any other such claims with any named sports drink…I am inclined to think he is lying…to save his career.
Sure Michael! If only Richard Pryor hadn’t dipped his cookies in the milk, then……… #lol
When in Tampa don’t drink the water!
Sure Michael. We believe you. You’ve been on the chopping block for years and one of the worst and most overpaid punters in the league since Dominik signed you to that contract. But now that you’ve been cut and are a free agent you’ve figured out the reason you were so bad all of this time. The past 3 years wasn’t enough time for you?
Gotta love agents. “Hey it’s the moldy water that is why my client couldn’t kick well!” LOL!
Apparently the water he drank only affected Koenen on punts and not kickoffs. Which is why he continued to be our primary kickoff guy. #Gohomeagentyouredrunk
Does anybody else remember when we had just finished a 10-6 season and barely missed the playoffs with a very young team? And we had the most cap room of any team in the league and our only free agent we brought in was this guy. I hated that offseason then, and I hate it even more now.
Who is punting Now!
George, Jacob Schum is the punter.
Assuming this is true (which I don’t) was the sports drink bottled or in a cooler. He states when he went home he would drink it all the time so I am going to see assume it was in a bottle. Don’t see him lugging home a full cooler of the stuff.
If that’s the case, he needs to sue the manufacturer.
My question is did he start drinking it last year when his punting started to get really putrid.
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