Today, Peters was awarded nearly $2 million as the result of a settlement with the company: [AP]
Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters will get nearly $2 million in a lawsuit over a rolling walker which he says broke and caused him to reinjure his torn Achilles tendon.
The lawsuit says Peters was using a Roll-A-Bout knee walker in March 2012 when it broke below the handlebar, three weeks after his initial surgery.
This may be more than you or I would get from such a claim, because Peters was likely suing Roll-A-Bout for a substantial sum of money citing lost potential wages (football players make million, remember). But it sounds like he had a good case: his Roll-A-Bout was supposed to hold up to 500 pounds– Peters came in at a feathery 350 when the incident occurred.
News of Peters’ settlement led to one local writer – Kevin Callahan of the Courier-Post – making an uber hacky request that Peters donate a portion of the money to the Monroe, Louisiana police department for leading one of their officers on a 100 mph chase last month, when Peters was arrested for drag racing and being an idiot. And while you certainly can’t excuse Peters’ actions, it’s completely ridiculous to write this article…
Peters might have really good philanthropic plans for the windfall. If he doesn’t, maybe he might want to push a few dollars to the Monroe, Louisiana police department for putting one of its officers at risk for injury.
Peters, 31, was arrested last month in Monroe, Louisiana after a high speed car chase. The five-time Pro Bowler was booked on charges of drag racing and resisting by flight, police said.
… about a guy who has, maybe, a 12-year-long earnings window in his career. Sure, he’s making $25 million guaranteed, but not even I – criticizer of rich athletes – would claim that someone should give away money that’s rightfully theirs.