David L. Givens, the former Tennessee Titans wide receiver who sued the team after a 2006 knee injury ended his career again has filed a $25 million federal lawsuit against the team.
Givens joined the Titans in March 2006, signing a five-year deal worth $24 million. But Givens injured his knee that November, requiring multiple surgeries and preventing him from playing football again. The Titans eventually released him.
Givens is suing the team for $25 million in damages, claiming he has suffered physical and emotional pain, loss of income and loss of enjoyment of life.
The suit (which can be viewed here) claims that an internal team memo showed that the Titans found out about “a large defect” on Givens’ left knee through a team-contracted physician’s examination of him the same month he joined the team.
That memo, according to Givens’ suit, stated that the defect “may require surgery at some point,” but no one from the team told Givens, who sustained the career-ending injury that season.
Robbie Bohren, director of media relations for the Titans, said the team had not yet received the new lawsuit filed on Tuesday and therefore did not yet have a comment on it.
Givens first filed suit in September 2009, but a federal judge dismissed it five months later, stating that Givens must first go through an arbitration process. Givens' most recent filing states that it has been six months since the last arbitration filings and a decision has yet be made in those proceedings.
Givens’ attorney Daniel Warlick had not responded to a message seeking comment as of Tuesday night.