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Adam Schefter explains why he tweeted Jason Pierre-Paul’s medical records

07.14.15 at 11:20 am ET
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In the wake of Jason Pierre-Paul‘s fireworks accident, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has come under fire for his discretion regarding confidential medical files.

After Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated, Schefter tweeted a photo of his medical records, detailing the time and nature of the procedure. Many thought Schefter violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA laws) governing the confidentiality of medical records, but they do not apply to the media.

Schefter talked to Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch and defended his actions.

“This was a public figure and franchise player involved in a widely speculated accident with potential criminal behavior in which there was a cone of secrecy that surrounded him for five days that not even his own team could crack,” Schefter said.

“The extent of his injuries were going to come to light, maybe that day or later that week, but soon. They’€™re horrific injuries, incredibly unfortunate for the player. But in a day and age in which pictures and videos tell stories and confirm facts, in which sources and their motives are routinely questioned, and in which reporters strive to be as accurate as possible, this was the ultimate supporting proof.”

Furthermore, according to Schefter, he never requested the images, they came to him.

Jackson Memorial Hospital, the site of Pierre-Paul’s surgery, is undertaking an internal investigation to find the source of the leak.

“If we confirm Jackson employees or physicians violated a patient’€™s legal right to privacy,” hospital CEO Carlos Migoya said, ‘€œthey will be held accountable, up to and including possible termination. We do not tolerate violations of this kind.”

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Bruce Bochy baseball’s best manager according to survey, Terry Francona third

07.14.15 at 11:19 am ET
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Bruce Bochy

Bruce Bochy

According to a recent survey done by ESPN.com, Bruce Bochy is the best manager in the MLB.

The survey consisted of 50 scouts, front-office executives, big-league coaches and media analysts. Respondents rated each manager on a series of categories, with longevity, championships and leadership cited as the most important qualities.

Bochy emerged victorious, earning 24.2 percent of the vote. Behind him were Buck Showalter (21.5 percent), former Red Sox manager Terry Francona (12.8 percent) and Joe Maddon (12.5 percent). No other managers earned a double-digit percentage, but some other highlights included Joe Girardi, who finished eighth with 3.5 percent, and current Red Sox manager John Farrell, who rounded out the top third with 2.2 percent.

According to one National League executive, Bochy instills confidence in his players and gives them the tools to succeed.

“His players play hard and buy into what’s best for the team,” the executive said. “He’s a great strategist, and he’s able to use young players and castoffs with confidence. He has a calm demeanor, but he knows when to create urgency and play the hot hand.”

As the Giants manager, Bochy owns a 713-672 record over nine years. His playoff record is stellar at 34-14 and he has led the team to three titles in the last five years.

Aside from best overall manager, survey respondents weighed in on a variety of other classifications. Bochy was also voted “Best at Handling a Pitching Staff,” meanwhile Showalter was regarded as the “Best Tactician.” Otherwise, the “Best at Relating to Players” was Francona and the “Best at Using the Entire 25-man Roster” was a tie between Showalter and Bochy. Maddon earned the title of “Most Creative Manager” in a landslide and Clint Hurdle was voted “Best at Developing Young Players.”

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Fan sues MLB for more protection against foul balls

07.14.15 at 8:06 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: All-Star Game, 8 p.m. (Fox)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Jamaica vs. El Salvador, 6 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Canada vs. Costa Rica, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Club America at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— A baseball fan in Oakland filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to force Major League Baseball to extend the safety netting at all ballparks to protect fans from foul balls and bats.

Gail Payne, an A’s season-ticket holder in Section 211 along the first-base line at O.co Coliseum, claims three or four balls each game enter her section, which is past the point where the safety netting ends.

Payne, who has been attending A’s games since 1968, seeks no money, only for MLB to extend the netting from foul pole to foul pole.

“She fears for her and her husband’s safety and particularly for her daughter,” the lawsuit reads. “She is constantly ducking and weaving to avoid getting hit by foul balls or shattered bats.”

Two fans at Fenway Park suffered bloody injuries to their head in the past month, one from a broken bat and the other by a foul ball.

Major League Baseball responded to the lawsuit with a statement repeating its previous assertion that it has been discussing safety with teams.

“Fan safety is our foremost goal for all those who choose to support our game by visiting our ballparks, and we always strive for that experience to be safe and fan-friendly,” the statement read. “Major League Baseball is in the process of re-evaluating all issues pertaining to fan safety, comfort and expectations.”

— Florida State president John Thrasher met with the school’s football team Monday, after two embarrassing arrests in the past week, and warned the players that they must behave themselves.

Sophomore running back Dalvin Cook and freshman quarterback De’Andre Johnson both were charged with punching women in separate incidents. Cook, who had two previous run-ins with the law, was suspended while Johnson was kicked off the team.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Bills consider options after arrest of OL coach Aaron Kromer

07.13.15 at 8:01 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: All-Star Home Run Derby, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Panama vs. United States, 9:30 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Haiti vs. Honduras, 7 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Aaron Kromer

Aaron Kromer

— The Bills are considering how to deal with offense line coach Aaron Kromer, who was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly punching a boy in the face during an incident in Florida.

“We are aware of the report and in the process of gathering the facts,” the Bills said in a statement.

According to police in Defuniak Springs, Florida, Kromer and his son confronted three boys who were fishing Saturday night, angry about their use of the Kromers’ beach chairs. Kromer, 48, grabbed the boys’ fishing pole and threw it in the water, then shoved one of the boys to the ground and punched him in the face.

The boy said the 6-foot-4 Kromer threatened to kill his family if he told police what happened.

A Fox Sports report quotes a source as saying Kromer was upset about his chairs being stolen and reacted when he was threatened.

“It was dark out. He couldn’t see the people,” a source said. “The kids were belligerent and threatened him. Bottom line, they stole his property and he couldn’t identify them because it was dark out and they threatened him.”

Kromer joined the Bills in January following two seasons as offensive coordinator for the Bears. He previously coached for the Buccaneers and Saints, serving as interim head coach of the Saints for the first six games of the 2012 season.

LeBron James, recently re-signed by the Cavaliers, said Sunday that he’s not yet over the NBA Finals loss to the Warriors.

“I just don’t feel like you ever move on from losing in the Finals, because you feel like you’re right there and feel like you have the opportunity to do something special,” James said in an interview on Sirius XM’s Bleacher Report Radio, adding: “I can never get away from losing in the Finals.”

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Thinking Out Loud: Rhode Island should not pay for new PawSox stadium

07.10.15 at 10:38 pm ET
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Rooke_JohnThinking out loud … while wondering what it would take to get my mug, or other body parts, in the ESPN The Body issue.

— The “listening tour” has begun, as the ownership group of the PawSox is traveling through the 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island to state its case for a new stadium. That sounds great, but I don’t believe the owners are hearing the words coming out of our mouths: NOT AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE. That is all.

— Here’s at least part of the reason why the taxpayers shouldn’t foot ANY PART of the bill for a new stadium — Rhode Island has the third-worst roads in the country, with 45 percent deemed in poor condition, according to a national analysis released this week by TRIP. This costs drivers an extra $637 annually. So traffic is increasing, faster than the population is increasing, roads and bridges are crumbling and state highway tolls have been shot down by the legislature as a way to pay for repairs. Perfect.

— Oh, and the state already ranks in the nation’s bottom 10 (ninth worst) for business. But let’s put a new stadium on the backs of taxpayers anyway, because taxpayers can always be played for suckers.

— I did see where the state issued an RFP (request for proposal) for a state tourism brand this week. Look no further than right here, Governor Raimondo — Rhode Island, the “We love baseball and we love our beaches, but we’ve had enough” state.

— Speaking of a state, we’ve had a soccer state of mind this summer, from the USA claiming the women’s World Cup title to the U.S. men’s national team taking the pitch at Gillette Stadium for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Get on board the bandwagon or get lost in the shuffle.

— And then there are the New England Revolution, who always seem to get lost in the MLS shuffle every season at this time. After extending a 17-match unbeaten streak at home before a loss two weeks ago, the Revs now are in the midst of a five-game losing streak and have dropped six of seven since the end of May. It’s their annual June swoon into July.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: PG Deron Williams reportedly eager to leave Nets for Mavericks

07.10.15 at 8:03 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Nationals at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Haiti at United States, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— According to an ESPN report, Deron Williams wants to leave the Nets to join his hometown Mavericks, a move that would impact the Celtics in a number of ways.

The Celtics own the Nets‘ and Mavericks’ first-round picks next summer, although the Dallas pick is top-seven protected. Brooklyn reportedly is eager to part ways with Williams and swingman Joe Johnson — ideally via a trade so the Nets rid themselves completely of the overpriced contracts. With no apparent takers for Williams, the Nets’ second-best option is to orchestrate a buyout of the final two years and $43.3 million of his deal — a process ESPN reports has begun. That could allow Brooklyn to get under the salary cap and avoid paying the whopping “repeater tax.”

It also could send Brooklyn — barely a playoff team last season after parting ways with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — into lottery land and give the Celtics the top-10 pick they covet.

The Mavericks, with a hole at point guard after the failed Rajon Rondo experiment, are said to be very interested in signing Williams as a free agent, despite his disappointing performance with the Nets since he signed as a free agent in 2012. Last season Williams averaged 13.3 points and 6.6 assists while shooting a career-low 38.7 percent from the field. He’s also struggled with injuries.

The Cavaliers are said to be interested in Johnson, although that acquisition would push Cleveland way over the luxury tax and leave that franchise with a major luxury tax penalty.

And perhaps Brooklyn’s opening at point guard also might create a scenario where the C’s look to send one of their many young guards there.

Phil Kessel was the subject of critical stories after he was trade from the Bruins to the Maple Leafs in 2009, and now that he’s been traded by the Leafs to the Penguins, the negative stories are starting to emerge from Toronto.

Former Leafs forward Colby Armstrong said it was difficult at times to share the ice with the offensively gifted Kessel (which Armstrong did in 2010-11 and 2011-12).

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ESPN defends Adam Schefter posting Jason Pierre-Paul’s medical records on Twitter

07.09.15 at 9:13 am ET
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On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had his finger amputated before the team even knew itself. He did so by posting a picture of Pierre-Paul’s medical records indicating that he had surgery on Twitter.

At first glance, it appeared to be a violation of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a law protecting medical records. ESPN later released a statement saying “HIPAA does not apply to news organizations.” The wrongdoing then, if committed by a health care worker without the player’s consent, could cause that person to lose his or her job and potentially face “jail time and fines,” according to CNN.

Arthur Caplan, director of the medical ethics division and NYU’s Langone Medical Center, told CNN that Pierre-Paul’s records “should not be released without his explicit consent” and added that HIPAA “only applies to health care personnel and payers,” though “theft is a more serious matter.”

Schefter said, despite the amputation, as it was done to mitigate the damage to his finger, Pierre-Paul is expected to play this season. A medical source told Schefter that the defensive end will be back on the field “sooner than people think.”

However, before the extent of the injury was even known, the Giants pulled a $60 million long-term contract offer Monday.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Giants DL Jason Pierre-Paul, Buccaneers CB C.J. Wilson lose fingers due to fireworks mishaps

07.09.15 at 7:52 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Athletics at Yankees, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA: Summer League, Celtics vs. Spurs, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
Soccer: Gold Cup, Mexico vs. Cuba, noon (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

— On the same day reports emerged that Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had to have one of his fingers amputated due to a fireworks mishap, the father of Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson said his son lost two fingers in his own fireworks accident.

Pierre-Paul has had multiple surgeries, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, including one to amputate his right index finger and another to fix his fractured right thumb. He is expected to remain in the hospital two or three more days and then need about six weeks to recover.

The 26-year-old, who had a strong 2014 season, is unsigned but was offered a franchise tender by the Giants. The team, which sent a representative to Pierre-Paul’s Miami hospital but he reportedly wasn’t able to contact the player, apparently was in the dark about the amputation until Schefter tweeted a photo of Pierre-Paul’s medical chart.

Wilson, who has only played in four games in his two NFL seasons, lost his index and middle fingers on one hand as a result of his accident in North Carolina, his father said.

Wilson’s father told Charlotte television station WBTV that fireworks exploded in the canister Wilson was holding.

In a statement Wednesday about Wilson, the Bucs said, “We are aware that C.J. was involved in an accident that occurred over the July 4th holiday. It is our understanding that the injury occurred to one of his hands, and our primary concern at this moment is for his long-term health. We have been in contact with C.J. and are continuing to monitor the situation.”

— A federal judge dealt Redskins owner Dan Snyder a blow Wednesday, canceling the team’s trademark registration because the nickname may be offensive to Native Americans.

The ruling does not force the team to stop using the nickname and logo, but it makes it far more difficult to protect them.

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Kevin Garnett to return for 21st NBA season after agreeing to deal with Timberwolves

07.08.15 at 10:32 am ET
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Kevin Garnett has agreed to terms on a two-year contract to return to the Timberwolves.

Garnett was a member of the Timberwolves for the first 12 years of his career and was traded back to Minnesota from Brooklyn at the trade deadline last season.

After returning to his original team in February, Garnett played in just five games, never logging more than 21 minutes.

Garnett will become just the third player to ever play 21 seasons in the NBA, joining Robert Parish and Kevin Willis. After winning an MVP award in the 2003-04 season and a championship in 2008 with the Celtics, Garnett has taken on a role as an NBA elder statesman.

Between Brooklyn and Minnesota last season, Garnett averaged 6.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Jacoby Ellsbury, Andrew Miller set to return to Yankees

07.08.15 at 8:05 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Marlins at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mets at Giants, 3:45 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— Two key Yankees players — both former Red Soxare expected back in uniform Wednesday night, just in time to get in some work before the team travels to Fenway Park for a weekend series with the charging Sox.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury and closer Andrew Miller are due to be activated off the disabled list before New York’s game against the visiting A’s.

Ellsbury, hitting .324 with a .412 on-base percentage in 37 games, has been out of action since May 20 with a sprained right knee. He rehabbed with Single-A Tampa for a few days until Monday, then he participated in simulated game activities to get ready for his return to the majors.

“It’s going to be huge,” teammate Alex Rodriguez said of Ellsbury’s return.

Miller, who has a 1.03 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings and is perfect in 17 save opportunities this season, was recovering from a strained left forearm that took him out of action June 10. He pitched for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday, allowing two hits but no runs and striking out one while throwing just nine pitches.

“I felt crisp and sharp warming up and being in the game,” said Miller, who threw additional pitches in the bullpen after his inning. “I think it was what I needed to see.”

The Yankees, who dropped a 4-3 decision in 10 innings to the A’s on Tuesday night, remain in first place in the tight AL East, but their lead over the last-place Red Sox is down to five games.

— The Women’s World Cup champion U.S. soccer team began its victory tour Tuesday with a celebration in Los Angeles, as a crowd estimated at 10,000 cheered the players during a rally downtown.

“It feels great to wake up as a world champion, and that feeling won’t ever get old,” leading scorer Carli Lloyd said.

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