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Retired Stars File Suit Alleging NFL Doped Them Up Like Race Horses

By Rob Cypher, May 23, 2014 | |
  1. Rob Cypher
    Some very large piles of shit just hit the fan in the world of the NFL today. Eight former NFL players—Richard Dent, Jim McMahon, Jeremy Newberry, Roy Green, J.D. Hill, Keith Van Horne, Ron Stone, and Ron Pritchard—have filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL. The suit claims that the league supplied them with illegally obtained drugs and painkillers throughout their careers in an effort to keep them playing through injuries, and that they are now suffering from debilitating medical complications as a result of their league-approved drug abuse.

    [Here are some of the more startling claims from the lawsuit:]

    The suit lays out a nearly identical description for how each of the eight players in the suit became addicted to painkillers and other medications. Each player claims to have been injected with and fed cocktails of painkillers without any warning about side effects or possible dependence:

    The suit claims that the NFL "fraudulently concealed" the dangerous side effects of the drugs from the players, and that the league's "intentional, reckless, and negligent omissions" are directly responsible for the plaintiffs' current poor states of health.

    As for how that negligence played out:


    When Van Horne told Caito that a physician had prescribed the drug, Caito responded that was not the problem. The problem was that the Bears ordered painkillers before the season started under players' names, including Van Horne's. Van Horne had thus put Caito in a bad spot by obtaining the Percodan because there were already DEA records that hundreds of painkillers had been ordered in Van Horne's name, even though Van Horne had no need for the medications the Bears had ordered at the time the order was placed.

    And it wasn't just painkillers that the players were allegedly being given with reckless abandon. According to the suit, teams also kept them chock-full of downers to help them sleep and uppers to get them ready for games:

    And finally, claims that the league concealed information about their own well-being from the players themselves:

    Tom Ley
    May 20, 2014



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