Former Tennessee Titans and New England Patriot Receiver David Givens is suing the Titans. In his $25 million dollar suit he alleges that the Titans withheld medical information from him and let him play despite a medical opinion that his knee wouldn’t hold up for a full NFL season.
Givens who is now 29 and lives in Massachusetts blew out his left knee during week 10 of 2006 NFL season. After multiple surgeries Givens has not been able to return to the game he loves.
“His knee just exploded on him. He’s had multiple surgeries, and it can’t be fixed so that he can play football again,” Givens’ attorney, Dan Warlick, told WTVF-TV in Nashville.
After spending four seasons with the Patriots Givens signed a 5-year, $24 million dollar contract with the Titans in 2006. According to Warlick, then-Titans general manager Floyd Reese and coach Jeff Fisher were given a memo about a physical examination for Givens taken before the 2006 season.
According to the reports of WTVF-TV in Music City the memo readas follows:
“Dr. [Tomas] Byrd is concerned about his ability to play for very long. His left knee has a large defect on the medial femoral condyle and may need surgery at some point. Dr. Byrd is concerned that he will miss some time and not be able to go through all of training camp and may not be able to make a full 16-game season.”
Warlick claims that if Givens had his knee repaired before blowing it out, he could still be playing in the NFL.
Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher told WTVF-TV that the Titans’ medical, coaching and training staff are all “on the same page” and the team advises all their players about injuries.
“We would under no circumstances subject a player to potentially worsening the injury,” Fisher told WTVF-TV.
Givens’ former agent, Brad Blank, told the Tennessean that the suit isn’t about money.
“It’s emotional and physical, and the idea that his career was cut short. … The issue is what could have been done better and was there some kind of malpractice or negligence,” Blank told the newspaper.
“His knee looks awful. Emotionally, in terms of his upbeat nature. He is also not the happy-go-lucky, guy I used to know,” Blank told the Tennessean.