Bucs kicker Lawrence Tynes, who along with guard Carl Nicks, were recently diagnosed with MRSA. Both are receiving treatment, with Nicks appearing to be recovering while Tynes case is slow to respond. Tynes lashed out at the organization on Saturday for the way he feels he has been treated.
First Lawrence Tynes wife Amanda went to Twitter last week to voice her displeasure about her perceived treatment by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as her husband fights a MRSA infection. Now Tynes himself is speaking out, and the Bucs kicker who was placed on the non-football injury list recently, is just as angry.
"This whole thing is wrong," Tynes told FoxSports.com. "My biggest emphasis is I don't want this to happen to any current or future player. I'm going to fight this thing as long as I have to, because this team should not be allowed to do this to players.”
Tynes and guard Carl Nicks both were diagnosed with MRSA, a very serious staph infection, earlier this month while practicing in New England against the Patriots. Nicks, according to Bucs head coach Greg Schiano is responding well to treatment, but Tynes, who went to New York to see an infectious disease doctor, appears to be a long way from recovery.
Tynes wife Amanda tweeted a picture of Tynes hooked to a PICC line, receiving intravenous antibiotics last week saying, “I hear my husband is responding "well" to treatment. LOL! He's NOT responding at all yet. This is our #bucslife.”
After Nicks and Tynes were diagnosed with MRSA the Buccaneers had their facility sterilized twice by an outside company specializing in cases like this. So far no other cases have been discovered. It was never officially confirmed that Tynes and Nicks contracted the serious staph infection at One Buc Place, however most, including Tynes, have little doubt.
Placing Tynes on the non-football injury list didn’t sit well with the former Giants kicker, partly because his non-football injury status will not allow this to count as an accrued season toward his retirement pension.
"If I drop a 45-pound plate on my foot while lifting weights in the weight room at the facility, it's IR,'' Tynes said "So I just don't understand how my situation is any different. I went to work, I kicked, I practiced, I cold-tubbed, I hot-tubbed, I showered for all those days there. I come up with MRSA, and it's a non-football injury? They're basically trying to exonerate themselves of this, and I'm not going to allow it to happen."
According to Tynes, the Buccaneers have agreed to pay his $840,000 salary this upcoming season. While Tynes outcome and prognosis is unknown, the odds of Tynes ever playing for the Buccaneers again– healthy or not – is slim to none.
You can bet this is far from the last that will be heard about the situation. It is hard to imagine this case not ending in some sort of litigation, something the Buccaneers would like to avoid, but appears to be the path that is unavoidable.
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