Report: Ex-Titan Givens sues team

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 9:40pm
Staff reports

Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver David Givens has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the team, claiming the team allowed him to play with a knee condition that team officials knew could be career threatening.

WTVF Channel 5 first reported details of the lawsuit being filed.

Givens was signed by the Titans to a five-year, $24 million package as a free agent from the New England Patriots in 2006, but suffered a knee injury in November of that year against the Baltimore Ravens that required multiple surgeries and eventually ended his career without him ever playing again. The Titans eventually released him before last season.

The report indicates that a memo from Dr. Thomas Byrd, one of the team's physicians, to Coach Jeff Fisher and former general manager Floyd Reese indicated there was an issue with Givens' knee that could lead to a serious injury.

Givens had to have bone plugs inserted into the knee after the injury, and after multiple surgeries still apparently has issues with the knee.

Efforts to reach Givens’ attorney Dan Warlick were unsuccessful.

A Titans spokesman indicated that the club had not yet seen the lawsuit and therefore could not comment.

 

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7 Comments on this post:

By: cmarcus45 on 9/22/09 at 8:14

Sounds like a load of bull to me. So the Titans were supposed to pay him $25M to not play because he might be injured?? He already made his millions.

By: house_of_pain on 9/23/09 at 5:52

IF the doctor that examined him didn't reveal the results to Givens, he should sue
the doctor.

By: blktenn on 9/23/09 at 6:25

Here is a PERFECT example of “How the titans do care about SOME players” As for if the doctor did not reveal the results it DOES NOT MATTER. The titans are responsible for who goes on the field. If it had been Kerry Collins, the titans would not ask him to play!!!!! They however would ask VY “See the pattern here?” David Givens will WIN this lawsuit and TITANS fans will pay for it!!!!

By: blktenn on 9/23/09 at 6:27

From the article “”” What the hell does sound like a load of bull to me means” STUPID!!

The report indicates that a memo from Dr. Thomas Byrd, one of the team's physicians, to Coach Jeff Fisher and former general manager Floyd Reese indicated there was an issue with Givens' knee that could lead to a serious injury.

By: Titan9282 on 9/23/09 at 7:28

Okay, blktenn, you are an idiot. You hate the Titans. Fine. But, come on, they signed a guy to a HUGE contract. you actually think that they would not give the guy a physical and make sure everything is okay before playing him. You sir have no clue what you are talking about and should stay of here until you find some sense!!!!!!!!

By: frank brown on 9/23/09 at 7:54

Is it true that this fellow Givens is a punk?

By: localboy on 9/23/09 at 8:37

If Mr. Givens were told of the potential problem, and when he asked the Titans if he should play and they said yes (knowing what was indicated in the memo), then I would think he might have a case. If he went to a doctor's exam and didn't follow up as to the results ('hey doc what's wrong with me?') then he would seem to be equally to blame.