Three years ago, doctors for the Knicks diagnosed Cuttino Mobley with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy—a heart condition that can potentially be fatal—shortly after he was traded to the team from the Clippers. The diagnosis forced him to retire, but at the time, the shooting guard credited the Knicks' medical staff with saving his life. Three years later, he's not so thankful anymore.
In fact, Mobley now believes that he could have played with the condition and is accusing the Knicks of pressuring him into retirement in order to save almost $20 million. As a result, he's filed a lawsuit against the team, saying they hurt his potential for future earnings by scaring off other NBA teams and by sending him to doctors who were known to be strongly opposed to allowing players with his condition to suit up and play sports.
Does he have a point—or is this just a cash grab by an out-of-work NBA player? At this point, who knows? But, one thing we do know is that it's not a good look for the Knicks, who have notoriously mismanaged money and handled players' contracts terribly over the years. So, for their sake, let's hope that what Mobley is saying isn't true.
[via New York Times]
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