FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Former NFL kicker Lawrence Tynes has filed a lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over a MRSA infection he contracted in a toe on his kicking foot, prematurely ending his career.
Attorney Stephen F. Rosenthal said Tuesday that Tynes got the infection in 2013 at the Bucs' training facility. The lawsuit filed in Broward County Circuit Court accuses the team of negligence for failing to properly sanitize the facility to prevent spread of the contagious, drug-resistant infection.
Rosenthal says the infection cost Tynes at least $20 million in potential earnings. Tynes, 36, won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and also played for the Kansas City Chiefs. He made 81 per cent of his field goals.
A Buccaneers spokesman declined comment on a pending legal matter.