Danilo Gallinari Blames Doctor for Botched Knee Procedure

by September 08, 2014

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari hasn’t played since tearing his left ACL back in April, 2013. Gallo faults Dr. Richard Steadman for the lengthy recovery time, following a pair of knee surgeries.

Gallinari also points out similar setbacks experienced by Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, and OKC Thunder guard Russell Westbrook — all three were clients of The Steadman Clinic of Vail. Per Sportando (via La Gazzetta dello Sport) and the Denver Post:

“Steadman? It is clear that if I could go back, I would not go to Steadman Clinic,” said Gallinari. “I will write a book on my last year and half with some things never told. But it is better not to talk about that. I just say that one month after my surgery, Steadman said that he would not work anymore. I made a wrong choice but he was considered one of the best surgeons and his clinic was within a hour’s drive from Denver.


Now I see what happened to Giuseppe Rossi, Westbrook, Vonn and many other maybe not famous that went to his Clinic,” added Gallinari.


According to the clinic’s website, Dr. Steadman — whose list of clients “include 26 athletes from professional soccer, 45 from the NFL, 23 from the MLB, 8 in the NBA and 26 snow skiers” — retired from surgical practice at the end of January of this year.