15 May 2013
As the world's self-proclaimed "thinnest Type-2 diabetic," this story is making me angry. The Patriots are releasing Kyle Love with a non-football injury designation. According to Love's agent, Richard Kopelman, this is because Love was diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes two weeks ago, and has lost a lot of weight recently. It seems like a typically Patriots example of a cold-hearted football move, but even as a football move it seems like a massive overreaction. I would expect that Love, like me, will lose weight when he starts on Metformin. The difference is that I don't do strength training as a professional athlete. Would it be that hard for Love to get back to his playing weight by July?
Obviously, there's the possibility that the Patriots were going to cut Love anyway. (I have no idea if they get some kind of salary cap relief by tagging this release as a non-football injury.) They've picked up a number of free agents at tackle like Tommy Kelly and CFL import Armond Armstead, and they did recently cut Brandon Deaderick. But Love is a better player than Deaderick and was a starter last year. Unless there's some kind of financial reason to do this now, why not just let him come to camp and see if he's really lost anything due to the illness? More importantly, if they were going to just cut him anyway, you would think the Patriots would have gotten out ahead of Love's agent, because Kopelman is destroying them in the public relations game on this.
Vince Wilfork, who does a lot of work for diabetes charities, is going to be pissed.
45 comments, Last at 23 May 2013, 1:29am by RickD
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