NFL Star Involved in Car Crash, Undergoing Medical Evaluation


Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was involved in a car accident early Thursday morning.

The former Pro Bowler crashed his SUV around 5 a.m. in Broward County, Florida, TMZ Sports reported.

Pierre-Paul was taken to a nearby hospital by emergency personnel.

It was a one-car accident. TMZ reported that the 30-year-old from Deerfield Beach wasn’t accused of any wrongdoing and wasn’t speeding.

Pierre-Paul avoided serious injuries and was released from the hospital.

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“We have been informed that Jason was involved in a one-car accident early this morning in South Florida in which he was not cited,” Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “We know that he was evaluated at a local hospital and has since been released.

“Our immediate concern is for the safety and well-being of Jason and his passenger. We have been in contact with Jason and will be getting him further evaluated by our medical staff in the near future.”

The identity and condition of the passenger were not clear from the statement.

Pierre-Paul joined the Bucs last year after being traded by the New York Giants, who selected him in the first round of the 2010 draft out of South Florida.

He made the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012 with the Giants and was named first-team All-Pro in 2011.

Last year in Tampa Bay, Pierre-Paul had 12.5 sacks and 58 tackles and was tied for 12th in the league in sacks.

It’s not the first time that he has been involved in an off-the-field accident.

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In 2015, Pierre-Paul injured his right hand when fireworks went off while he was trying to light them, as detailed in a 2016 feature story from Sports Illustrated.

Pierre-Paul missed eight games that season recovering from the injury.

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