Lawrence Tynes Sues Over MRSA

April 7th, 2015

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The MRSA saga of commander Greg Schiano’s days won’t go away.

With Schiano relegated to part-time TV work, one of the three Tampa Bay players known to have contacted MRSA in 2013, Lawrence Tynes, has slapped the Bucs with a $35 million lawsuit for lost potential earnings and damages.

As pointed out, trying to prove the Bucs were at fault is a bit of a reach.

Tynes will have a difficult time proving his case. It seems pretty cut-and-dried—the Bucs had to cleanse their facility of MRSA and three players contracted it, therefore the team is at fault—but as an actual doctor explains, MRSA is all around us, and it is difficult to prove its existence in any one location. And even if Tynes can prove that it was present at the Bucs facility, he’ll probably still need to prove that his particular strain is the same one found there.

The MRSA was the final straw in Nicks’ career — he was nearly done due to turf toe — and Johnthan Banks bounced back just fine to become one of the up-and-coming young cornerbacks in the game.

Have fun in court, Mr. Tynes.

40 Responses to “Lawrence Tynes Sues Over MRSA”

  1. lurker Says:

    and for buccaneer news from all four corners of the globe…

  2. P'cola Buc Says:

    I believe Nicks would not have come back even if he didn’t contract MRSA. That foot operation he had hardly heals well in a man of his side who makes his living as a football player…He was kept due to all that guaranteed money hoping he would somehow return. Of course, the MRSA didn’t help. Was Tynes anywhere around anywhere else that he could have contracted this? Is it at all possible that he brought the MRSA in with him?….actually quite interesting.

  3. P'cola Buc Says:
  4. P'cola Buc Says:

    ” man of his size”

  5. Buc'n Enough Says:

    If he wins…The Glazers will cut back spending on the roster….again

  6. Bob Digital Says:

    I’d really get a kick out of watching these court precedings.


  7. Bob Digital Says:

    I bet he’s really kicking himself for signing with the Bucs.


  8. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    What does Tynes’ wife have to say about all of this?

  9. Evo Says:

    If banks can play with it like he does. I’m sure the riggers of an NFL kicker shouldn’t take a toll on tynes. Bet his wife made him sue. The life of an NFL kicker isn’t that hard. He’s a specialist and was pretty good. But is he in such bad shape he can’t even work? Has he even looked for a job or has he been home soaking up the pity for this lawsuit.

    I hope the glazes don’t settle. I hope they take it all the way through and he gets nothing.

  10. Bob Digital Says:

    A kicker the Bucs signed off the street after Connor Barth blew out his Achilles is suing them for $35 million?!

    Ain’t nobody got Tynes for that!

  11. Patrick in VA Says:

    Pretty sure he’s just trying to find something to do to get out of the house so he doesn’t have to deal with that crone of a wife he has

  12. tmaxcon Says:


    They will settle it’s the American way. It’s too time consuming and expensive to fight.

    Term limits and tort reform would go a long way in deterring frivolously suits

  13. BucBos76 Says:

    He contracted MRSA, but the Bucs still paid him his full salary even though he never kicked an extra point for them. Then his nasty wife has to go off on a the team that was giving her has been husband money he didnt even earn. Wow. Thanks for nothing Tynes. You and your wife are ungrateful as hell. How many practices did he even make it to? I hope your law suit is thrown out, and you have to pay for the Glazers legal team.

  14. P'cola Buc Says:

    No other team wanted him. Bucs invited him to play. Bucs paid him his salary when he was out. They did not have to. MRSA is a terrible infection, but it is easily contracted at any hospital or public area. Are the strains the same, if they are different Bucs should take it all the way. Bucs lawyers and medical staff will be the best at answering this. Did Tynes bring the MRSA in with him? If Tynes’ lawyers can prove the Bucs athletic trainer had the same strain of MRSA….then the Bucs might have a problem. Nice timing on handing in these papers for this lawsuit.

  15. drdneast Says:

    Term limits?
    “Frivolouslu suits.”
    Not only is your thinking bad Tmaxcon your English is atrocious as well.
    Not surprising for a guy who is probably a disciple of our notorious and sneaky Gov. Rick Scott.
    I would hardly call contracting MRSA frivolous. Perhaps you would like to infect yourself with a strain to demonstrate to all of us how frivolous and harmless it is.
    This isn’t to say I think the Bucs didn’t handle the problem in a professional manner because I think they did.
    But taking away the common man’s ability to seek justice through the courts is just another way for the oligarchy that currently has a stranglehold on this country to further strengthen their powerful grip.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I believe he was treated for an infection before reporting to team facilities. It is very possible the original strain came from him.

    He wasn’t a good kicker. He would never make this kind of money.

  17. R.O. Says:

    Exactly.. It’s the whoever smelled it dealt it rule, and in cases like this it applies.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Pablo got really drunk at a Redskins game a couple of years ago….Pablo fell asleep in the Bucs parking lot after (he thinks) relations with a puta…..Pablo got gonorrhea….so now Pablo is motivated to sue the Bucs. Pablo will settle for season tickets and free beer & cubans”

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Tynes is asking for punitive damages because the illness forced him to stay at home with Amanda…

  20. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    April 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I believe he was treated for an infection before reporting to team facilities. It is very possible the original strain came from him.”

    I was wondering the same thing. It had to have come from somewhere.

  21. DooshLaRue Says:

    Too bad his show Burn Notice got cancelled.

  22. Patrickbucs Says:

    Buc’n Enough Says:
    April 7th, 2015 at 7:06 am
    If he wins…The Glazers will cut back spending on the roster….again

    They cannot anymore thankfully because teams must spend to a high minimum floor around 90 pct I believe. They definitely did there for a number of years.

  23. Patrickbucs Says:

    Because of the new CBA

  24. ChessMaster Says:

    I think if it is discovered that anyone in the Bucs organization knew MRSA was present and did not do their due diligence than they are liable and he should be remunerated.

  25. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Tynes battle will be with the Buc’s insurance company unless they self insure.

    Either way they’ll make a settlement and Tynes will get some compensation.
    This is pretty much a non story. We could simply bring in Morgan and Morgan to write this story.

    I feel pretty sure that the Bucs/Insurance company has deep enough pockets and Tynes has a good enough attorney to reach a settlement. No big deal, unless of course your Tynes. Hope he gets enough to ease his life.

  26. pick6 Says:

    20 million in lost earnings for a guy who was making about a million dollar salary when he got the infection. at age 35. it’s a real tragedy to discover the Tynes lost 20 seasons of future NFL kicking jobs due to this infection. i would’ve been curious to see who he would kick for in his early 50s.

    i hope the bucs mop the floor with him (and then spray it down with disinfectant), AND can prove he was patient zero who brought the outbreak with him…if he contracted MRSA prior to reporting as has been implied. i bet the if the glazers could wipe one season completely off the map, it would be that patently insane 2012 season. they are paying for it in so many ways on and reputation-wise

  27. Dan Says:

    Mrsa is on your skin. Right now. You get a cut, boom risk of mrsa.

  28. bucrightoff Says:

    $20 million is a scare number, more than likely he settles for about $2 million.

  29. Lou. Says:


    Let’s remember the facts and lighten up on the wife smack.

    Tunes came to Tampa and had an ingrown toenail. He was treated by an assistant trainer. That trainer happened to have MRSA.

    Not making this up, just spinning old platters from Joe and friends.

    Trainer was Patient Zero.

    And I recall Schiano saying how well his kicker was doing while Tynes was in a fight for his life.

    You all can trust the Bucs’ lawyers. Intelligent people realize that hired guns are expensive mouthpieces who would let you die bas long as their bottom line got fat. There is a difference in character between Tynes (and his wife) and JFro.

    Just sayin.

  30. BlogTalkFootball Says:

    Who in their right mind would have paid Tines that much money?

  31. Celly Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    April 7th, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I believe he was treated for an infection before reporting to team facilities. It is very possible the original strain came from him.

    He wasn’t a good kicker. He would never make this kind of money.

    That is the biggest point.

    At what point does he think that he missed out on $35M (although, what I read, he was looking for $20M)?

    The franchise tag for kickers in 2013 was just under $3M. So he’s saying that some team would’ve franchised him ~4-5 times…at age 34?

    HA. right.

  32. Lou. Says:

    Everyone sounds very protective of the Glazers’ money. BTW, the suit was probably drafted to assert an intentional tort (“knew or should have known”) to avoid restrictions on recovery under the workers’ comp system. Punitive damages are likely to be added later. Then again, these things usually settle. As all you in the perfect-justice-for-billionaires crowd will no doubt remember, the NFL used a dermatologist as its lead physician for reporting on, screening, and treating traumatic brain injuries. When the heat got turned up, they fired the guy and settled. The public still doesn’t know what skin the dermatologist had in the game. But fans don’t care — Junior Seau doesn’t play any more and he was never a Buc.

    If the Bucs’ trainer was a source for a team-wide infectious epidemic, who here will blame the Bucs? THAT is the biggest point.

    No one. Thought so.

  33. Jordan Says:

    Tynes doesn’t win by proving he contracted MRSA at a Bucs facility, he has to prove that the Bucs organization and staff were grossly negligent in sterilization practices or there was an attempted cover up.

  34. tmaxcon Says:


    I see you are still choking on Lovies nut sack… I don’t give a rat’s arse what you think of my opinions so don’t get your skirt in a bunch when you read them. but I am happy your meaningless life allows you the time to waste.

  35. Buccfan37 Says:

    I read there is a natural 99% cure for MRSA. Combine onions, garlic, leeks and cow bile. Tynes is desperate, time to cue up George Harrison’s “sue me sue you blues”.

  36. unbelievable Says:

    @bucrightoff I think you are correct, 20 mil is the ridiculous headline grabbing number. He’ll be lucky if they settle for 2 – 3 mil, which they might do just to make it go away.

    I remember hearing that he was the first player to get it, but I also remember hearing the team trainer was infected. I would suspect 1 of them was the person who brought it into the Bucs facility. Either way- f*ck this guy. He still got paid for sitting at home while his wife crapped all over the Bucs.

  37. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Why are guys obsessing on the 20 million figure. That’s what they’re asking for not what they expect to win. You guys know how the game is played.

    Nobody starts negotiations with a lowball figure they always start high.

    According to the paper Tynes was on board for both Giant’s SB’s and had a record of accuracy and turned down a multimillion dollar offer from the Giants to join the Bucs.

    At a million a year for say four more years Tynes is probably hoping to snag a few million out of the settlement. Big deal. A rich dude suing the really really really rich dudes.

  38. Johnny Dejay Says:

    Even if the strains are the same, how do we know that Tynes didn’t infect everyone else? Maybe he contracted it from his filthy-mouthed wife.

  39. pick6 Says:

    my issue is not protecting the Glazers’ pocketbook. my issue is that a person, who may have had MRSA before he came to work for the bucs, is preparing a high profile attack on the team i support aimed at showing they don’t give a hoot about sanitation or the health of their players. that is bad for recruiting which hurts the on-field product, as if we need one more reason for Free Agents to cross this franchise off their list now.

  40. pick6 Says:

    i should clarify that i have no inside info on “who may have had MRSA before he came to work for the buc”, just going on recollection. either way, his aim is going to be to represent the bucs sanitation practices as being so poor that there is no doubt the facility and employees are at fault. it’s like a divorce. it’s easier to get what you want by presenting the worst version of events that can still seem credible.