The Redskins has confirmed that a laptop from one of its trainers has been stolen. The incident was said to have taken place last April 15 when the car of a Washington Redskins trainer was broken into. A laptop that might possibly contain information of NFL players has been stolen in the incident.
According to the Washington Post, the Redskins has confirmed the incident. The report had first come out of Deadspin. The laptop is said to have information on possibly thousands of NFL players. Possibly included in the laptop are the medical records of the players.
Due to this incident the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has already given out an advisory to all its members regarding the matter. NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has issued the advisory last May 27, Sports Illustrated reports.
The incident occurred last April in downtown Indianapolis, the Redskins said in its statement. The laptop was inside a backpack, which had been taken as well. Included in the backpack aside from the laptop was a zip drive as well as hard copies of the NFL medical exams. The medical exams were also stored in the laptop. The medical exams are said to be from NFL Combine participants from 2004 until 2016.
The NFL has issued a statement about the incident. In the statement it says that none of the information has been accessed so far. A source quoted by ESPN though said that the situation looks bad. The Redskins as well in a statement said that the medical records have not been affected. The team statement further states that they are working with the NFL and NFLPA in notifying players who might be affected by the situation.
The said laptop is password protected but not encrypted. The said laptop may have the medical records. However the Redskins has assured that there are no sensitive information in it, such as social security numbers.
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