Posted May 15, 2013

Patriots release DT Kyle Love after diabetes diagnosis

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The Patriots released defensive tackle Kyle Love after he was diagnosed with diabetes. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots released defensive tackle Kyle Love on Wednesday and his agent says the team let the three-year veteran go after he was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes.

Love, who started 11 games last season, was set to make $750,000 in base salary. His agent expects Love to clear waivers and then be available to sign with a team at the veteran minimum of $630,000.

“He’s disappointed but he told me this is just a minor blip he’s expecting to overcome,”  Love’s agent Richard Kopelman said to USA Today. “He’s a great guy with a wife and a baby he’s supporting. The goal is to get back healthy, play for a new team and set himself up for a big contract next season.”

Love, 26, a 6-foot-1, 315-pounder has played in 41 NFL games with 25 starts and registered 109 total tackles, 5 1/2  sacks, and one fumble recovery.


29 comments
DeeEmm1
DeeEmm1

Typical Boston classlessness.

kingwhat
kingwhat

How about some real reporting SI?  Love's time was reduced significantly last year as his performance declined. He lost twenty pounds in the off season and missed many off season workouts. The Patriots reportedly advised him to take a year off, regain his health and come back. He refused and was cut. As a type 2 diabetic I can readily attest that carrying 30-50 pounds of extra weight to play DT is a high risk option and a danger to your longevity, as I believe any diabetes physician would attest.  Do you think the agent is considering his client's health or his commission?

balo030869
balo030869

What can we expect from a Classless organization like the CHEATriots?

gooniegoogoo4
gooniegoogoo4

I doubt that diabetes is the only reason the Pats fired him......

tlee2si
tlee2si

Rather than hating on the Patriots and accusing the agent of manipulating the media, perhaps we might all re-read the statement.  The player was dismissed _after_ he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.  The statement does not claim he was dismissed _because_ of Type 2 diabetes.  Yes, I know that this may be media-speak on the part of the team to avoid obvious discrimination OR on the part of the agent to _imply_ discriminatory behavior at least to the court of public opinion.  But since we are the court, we need not be deceived and can afford to hear more ...

Mike S
Mike S

He was released by the team, not fired. Perhaps he was released due to declining performance? Outplayed by another tackle in camp? Played as well as another tackle but his cost was higher? You're never going to hear the real reason.

lerhodes67
lerhodes67

I already hated the patsies but this is a new low for them!!! Go Steelers!!!

newshamg
newshamg

 @lerhodes67 You have no idea why he was cut - and the chances are the diabetes has nothing to do with it. And when it comes to cutting players the Steelers are about as classless as it gets.

GoPSULions
GoPSULions like.author.displayName 1 Like

Again, this is sourced by his agent.  No team is cutting a player with a treatable issue if he is a good player.  Ran Clark of the Steelers has Sickle Cell which has keeps him from playing at times, but he is a valuable player and still on the team.  So I seriously doubt the release was due to the diabetes. 

posmoo
posmoo

Not even the nfl can fire you for having a disability, they must first make a reasonable attempt to accommodate you. Now whats a reasonable accommodation here? giving the player 3 weeks during the offseason conditioning (four entire months before games actually begin) to see if he can get the condition under control perhaps?

 

Obviously they did nothing of the sort. They simply fired him. Just two days after conditioning workouts began.

A very important part of this is that when the Pats outright admitted he was released for his new condition, and according to the law in the case of diabetes, this automatically confers protected status on the condition. If Love wants to pursue this he has a great case. He likely will not pursue it as long as he is actively seeking employment in the NFL for obvious reasons however.

"Finally, diabetes is a disability when it does not significantly affect a person's everyday activities, but the employer treats the individual as if it does. For example, an employer may assume that a person is totally unable to work because he has diabetes."

If he wants to pursue he has a good shot, because not even bill belichick can flaunt the congress and the ADA.

BobBell
BobBell

 @posmoo

 I read the press release and saw nothing about diabetes.  Not sure where you got that notion.

KennyG2
KennyG2

With all the hate filled comments here, really , where is the love, oh wait its no longer in New England thats for sure

BigPapaJody
BigPapaJody like.author.displayName 1 Like

If that is really true then it is a discrimination case.  Diabetes is a protected class of disability.  That would really shock me if they did do that since Jay Cutler has a insulin pump that is much more dangerous when playing football especially QB.  So, maybe it is just the Agent Speak but it wouldn't surprise me that Coach Bill thinks that he is God and about the Federal Law!

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

This "story" is based entirely on the comments of Love's agent.

jrholtman
jrholtman

@WilyCoyoteSuperGenius Exactly. His career stats aren't jaw dropping either...41 of 48 games with ~60% of the games played as starts (just over 50% if you include all 48 games) and season stats average ~40 tackles and 2 sacks per from a DT. Getting beat out by a draft pick in early OTAs means the cut is early enough he could still find a new home.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'm surprised Belichick didn't just take him behind the barn and shoot him.

kingwhat
kingwhat

 @Rickapolis I'm surprised you can even write a sentence, even if it's one a five year old can write.  Two sentences would obviously have been a stretch.

yermom
yermom like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Really??? That's why they cut you??? That must be why you were immediately swooped up off waivers by another team, right? Wait, nobody has made an offer yet? But all the Patriot haters beliee everything they read in the media, so it must be true.

DB
DB like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @yermom They did cut a guy the day before the SB. Sounds just about right for the Bellicheat and the Cheatriots.

William68
William68 like.author.displayName 1 Like

He could have type II diabetes because he had a disgusting diet and didn't exercise.  Not sure it is discriminatory to demand that a paid athlete not eat himself into a blood sugar induced coma.

riley8
riley8 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I could be wrong but this smells like some form of discrimination.  I guess not since it is in the media.

westcoasttiger
westcoasttiger like.author.displayName 1 Like

Wow, really?  Fire him because of Type II diabetes?  Geez Bill, they do have meds for that these days.  All he needs is to adjust his diet and he'll be right back up there.  I guess it really is just a business.

carg01
carg01 like.author.displayName 1 Like

stay classy, New England.  stay classy... (shaking head/rolling eyes)

yermom
yermom like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

 @carg01 or maybe you don't believe everything you read from a scorned player. Stay ignorant, haters. Stay ignorant.

William68
William68 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

 @carg01 Or, they could have just cut him because of football-related reasons, you ridiculous tool.