The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached a settlement with Lawrence Tynes in a two-year long lawsuit, reports Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, citing court records. No details were announced, which is par for the course in settlements as they usually feature confidentiality clauses.
Tynes suffered from a MRSA infection in 2013 that eventually ended his career. He claimed this was a workplace illness that should have been compensated as such, while the Bucs classified it as a non-football injury, which meant Tynes lost some pension and post-retirement health insurance rights.
Tynes claimed in the lawsuit that he was infected by trainer Todd Toriscelli, who is no longer with the team. The Bucs claim he was infected outside the facilities, or that he at least could not prove that his infection was the Bucs’ fault. Tynes wasn’t the only one to be infected with MRSA at the time: left guard Carl Nicks also saw his career end after a MRSA infection that year.
Basically, this was a bog-standard employee-employer dispute over workers’ compensation. And it’s now over.