Patriots release player because of his diabetes
New England Patriots defensive lineman Kyle Love played in all sixteen of the team’s games last season. Love, started in 11 games last season and accounted for 49% of the team’s snaps at defensive tackle. He recorded 25 total tackles and 1.5 sacks. Love was expecting to be with the team for the upcoming season until the team announced they were releasing him today.
The team’s reasoning for releasing him was, well, rather pathetic.
Love, was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and the team cited his diabetes as a reason for cutting him.
Love’s agent, Richard Kopelman of KLASS Sports, told ESPNBoston why his client was being cut from the Patriots.
“We have been informed by the New England Patriots that Kyle Love will be released NFI (Non-Football Injury/Illness),” Kopelman told ESPNBoston.com. “This comes on the heels of Kyle having been diagnosed within the past two weeks with Type-2 diabetes. Naturally, we are disappointed that the Patriots decided to part ways with Kyle, especially in light of the fact that a number of elite professional athletes with diabetes – both Type-1, which is known to be far more difficult to manage than Type-2 diabetes – have had very successful careers in professional football, hockey, baseball and basketball.
“Prior to the diagnosis, Kyle recently experienced unexplained weight loss, but since being diagnosed and having altered his diet, Kyle has regained most of the weight he lost, is in good health, and was not limited in any way during offseason workouts in which he was engaged up until being told he would be released.
“Having consulted with leading authorities on the effects of Type-2 diabetes, we have every reason to believe that Kyle will, in the immediate future, be at 100 percent, and will be prepared to participate in training camp in a couple of months. As Kyle said, ‘there is no way something like this is going to stand between me and a long and successful NFL career.’”
It is sad to see that a player was cut due to his Type 2 Diabetes.
What is next, the Patriots will cut someone because they have a cold?