Specifically, the players are alleging:
1. The NFL illegally and unethically supplied players serious pain medications, including addictive opioids, and NSAIDs such as torodol.
2. The NFL did so for financial gain, in order to keep them in competition rather than allowing them to rest and heal.
3. The NFL “fraudulently concealed” the dangerous side effects of the drugs from players.
3. The illegal prescription of these painkillers has led to dangerous medical conditions later in life, including painkiller addiction, stage 3 renal failure and high blood pressure.
More than 500 other former players have signed on to the lawsuit, which was filed today in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, according to lawyers representing the former athletes. They are looking to make the case a class action lawsuit. (read more)
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Fusion: Former-NFL Players File Lawsuit Against the NFL Alleging Illegal Use of Painkillers By The League
"Another summer, another class-action lawsuit against the NFL. This time, eight former NFL players—Richard Dent, Jim McMahon, Jeremy Newberry, Roy Green, J.D. Hill, Keith Van Horne, Ron Stone, and Ron Pritchard—filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that the NFL supplied them with illegally prescribed painkillers throughout their careers, which led to medical complications such as addiction later in life."