This week, Kellen Winslow (a tight end for the Cleveland Browns) was suspended for some comments he made about his recent illness. Winslow spent three days at the Cleveland Clinic earlier this month for a staph infection. Apparently, it's his second such infection and the team's sixth reported case in the last three years.Winslow says that the team asked him to conceal his illness and that the team's general manager didn't check on him while he was in the hospital.
Conceal the illness? Wow.
I've had a bout with staph this year – four times already over the summer and fall – and it's not something to take lightly. According to various sources, Staph Bacteria kill more people a year than HIV. The reason is that the bacteria evolve and become more resistant to the antibodies that we use to treat it with.
Sure, maybe Winslow shouldn't have been all outspoken about it... but if the Cleveland Browns are having repeated issues like this in their locker room, then something needs to be done about it.