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New England Patriots cut Kyle Love after diabetes diagnosis
QMI Agency ^ | May 16, 2013

Posted on 05/16/2013 9:59:15 AM PDT by rickmichaels

Kyle Love is the latest poster boy to show just how ruthless the business of pro football can be.

Love, who started 11 games for the New England Patriots at defensive tackle last season, was cut by the team Wednesday, two weeks after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

The nature of his departure from the Pats was officially designated as a non-football illness.

“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,” Love's agent, Richard Kopelman, told ESPNBoston.com.

Kopelman said Love lost weight before the diagnosis but regained most of it after he altered his diet.

“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%, 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.’ ”

Love, 26, had 25 starts in 41 career games since making the Pats as an undrafted free agent in 2010.


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To: Cyman
I have Type II diabetes. I know that my own amateur athletic efforts began to suffer shortly after I was diagnosed.

My endurance began to decline; it took longer to heal from injuries; there were days when I simply didn't feel good--I wasn't deathly ill--I just didn't feel good. In a professional athlete, those things could be disastrous.

Plus the fact that my docs--yes, I have several including a PCP, a podiatrist, a pulmonologist, a nephrologist, a gastroenterologist as well as a general internist, and an ENT--have told me of well-controlled diabetics who have suddenly fainted or otherwise lost consciousness. They went down while driving, exercising at the gym, out walking or jogging, eating in a restaurant, and other such places. One, a television cameraman, went down and rolled off the upraised platform on which the camera was mounted.

I'm sure that there are professional athletes who have Type II diabetes.

But the Americans with Disabilities Act is of little use to an athlete who might be prone to fainting, or even dying, at inopportune athletic moments.
21 posted on 05/16/2013 12:43:10 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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