The Miami Dolphins have dealt with heir fair share of controversy this season and they aren’t done yet.
According to the Sun Sentinel, a female has filed a lawsuit against Dolphins cornerback Xavien Award as she alleges he gave her genital herpes, which is an incurable sexually transmitted disease (STD).
According to the report:
“The complaint says Howard met the woman, identified only as Jane Doe, in February 2018 while she was working at Quest Diagnostics, and shortly after Howard asked her out on a date. Howard showed the woman a copy of an STD screening dated Feb. 5, 2018, which had all negative results.
In 2019, Howard learned he contracted herpes simplex virus type 2, genital herpes, the complaint says, but did not inform the woman with whom he had a relationship. He further told the woman he had been tested for STDs on other dates “and that he remained free of any sexually transmitted disease.”
Jane Doe learned she had the STD in March 2021 after a routine screening, the complaint says, and confronted Howard, “knowing that Defendant Howard was the only individual who could have transmitted” it.
Howard first denied it but “ultimately admitted” that he knew he had herpes.
The complaint says the woman has suffered permanent bodily injury as a result of Howard’s actions, which were “outrageous and beyond all bounds of decency in a civilized community.” She has also suffered “mental anguish, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life, and past and future medical expenses.”
Howard has been a key part of the Dolphins defense and a Pro Bowl player in three of the last four seasons. He was an All-Pro in 2020.
So far in 2022, he has 20 tackles and 5 pass deflections.
The Dolphins are currently 4-3 and in third place in the AFC East.