Jason Pierre-Paul’s holiday weekend could end up hurting not only his hand, but his career as well. The New York Giants defensive end severely injured his hand in a fireworks accident on July 4, in South Florida. Pierre-Paul did not lose any fingers, but he is being treated for nerve damage and burns.
With the season less than two months down the road, the injury could cause Pierre-Paul to miss some regular season time. The timetable for his hand to heal is not yet known.
Besides his hands, Pierre-Paul’s pockets could also take a blow. The Giants, after hearing about the injury, redacted a $60 million contract extension they had offered Pierre-Paul. That leaves them with the option of letting him become a free agent or signing him to a one-year deal under the franchise tag. Which means he would lose a considerable amount of money.
To make matters worse for Pierre-Paul, he is being investigated by police for the incident. Although it is a common practice among Floridians to blow off fireworks for the holiday, it is still illegal. According to FoxSports.com, several South Florida police departments are checking to see in what jurisdiction Pierre-Paul was in during the fireworks incident. He could face criminal charges.