Retired NFL Players Claim League Illegally Used Drugs to Cover Up Injuries

With the highly competitive nature of the NFL to be successful, I wouldn’t be too surprised of this new claim.


Former NFL players are suing the league for allegedly giving them risky narcotics to cover up pain from injuries sustained while playing football, leading to medical problems later in life.

According to a suit filed Tuesday, the NFL wanted to speed up the recovery time of injured players in order to get them back on the field, attract fans and therefore maximize profits, the Associated Press reports.

The eight players named in the complaint claim the NFL acquired and distributed the drugs illegally, without obtaining prescriptions or telling players about possible side effects. Some, like former Chicago Bears quarterback and Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon, even claim that NFL doctors did not tell them about injuries such as broken bones and rather just gave them pills to hide the pain. Others say they became addicted to painkillers after years of being fed pills by the league.

The lawsuit, which was…

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Very Interesting.

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