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NFL Sued by Ex-Players Over Illegal Painkillers

by Buzz Baumer

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Days after the Robert Mathis 4 game suspension for taking illegal substances to help him and his wife have a baby, the NFL now have a lawsuit filed by ex-players over the NFL obtaining and administering illegal painkillers.

The lawsuit is filed in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco and states that the NFL obtained and administrated illegal painkillers without having prescriptions and telling the players about possible side effects, all in order to expedite the return of injured players to the field and generate the highest possible profits.

The lawsuit names eight former players, including three members of the Super Bowl champion 1985 Chicago Bears: Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent, offensive lineman Keith Van Horne and quarterback Jim McMahon. Six of the eight players involved in this litigation also were plaintiffs in a previous concussion-related lawsuit. The other players in the lawsuit are Jeremy Newberry, Roy Green, Ron Stone and Ron Pritchard and J.D. Hill.

In last August, the NFL agreed to settle with $760 million; however, the judge, Anita Brody, ruled that she not happy with this settlement. She believes that the amount is not sufficient and wants the there to be a way 20,000 other ex-players, not named on the lawsuit, can collect.

It now seems that the NFL has two lawsuits on their hands and must resolve them quickly. I believe that we will see both lawsuits settled instead of dragging out the process through the courts. I am sure that the NFL wants to get these both handled before the season starts. The NFL doesn’t want these to be held over their heads before the first kickoff.


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