Fans of WNBA team the Connecticut Sun may have heard that a former player was recently denied in her legal argument concerning occupational injuries. Adrienne Johnson claimed that playing one game in California meant that she could pursue in that state a workers' compensation case over cumulative injuries sustained over an entire career. The court said that a single basketball game played by a professional player did not mean injuries over a long period could be factually traced to that game.
Johnson played for Ohio State until her graduation in 1997, at which time she was picked up by the women's basketball league's Cleveland Rockers. Her next team, the Orlando Miracle, moved to Connecticut and became the Sun. In 2003, she received $30,000 in workers' compensation from that state before being signed by the Seattle Storm two years later. It wasn't until 2006, when teaching at the University of Louisville, that she filed a workers' compensation claim in California where she had played a single game against the Los Angeles Sparks.