Lawsuit: Fmr. Football Players Claim NFL Illegally Drugged Them
A group of retired football players claims the NFL turned them into drug addicts. They say officials doped them just to make money, and now they’re suing the league. According the lawsuit, the players say the NFL illegally obtained and supplied athletes with certain drugs.
Doctors and trainers allegedly never told them how serious their injuries were, but instead gave them pain killers. Teams are also accused of ignoring the drugs’ effects. Some of the pros say when they retired, they were addicted to pain killers. One said he became homeless because of it.
Super Bowl champion quarterback Jim McMahon is among the players suing. McMahon claims that he once broke his neck, but that trainers gave him meds and told him he was fine. He said he became an addict and at one time was taking more than 100 pills a month.
This lawsuit comes after a landmark case accused the NFL of hiding the long-term risks of concussions. The NFL settled for $765 million and avoided blame.
In response to this latest suit, the NFL said in a statement: “We have not seen the lawsuit and our attorneys have not had an opportunity to review it.”
Today on Shepard Smith Reporting, Shep spoke to Jeremy Newberry, who played 11 seasons in the NFL and is part of the lawsuit.
Newberry said, “This is a culture in the NFL. I mean, I’ve had some seasons where I was literally in a walking boot and crutches the whole season, take four or five shots before a game, a handful of pain killers and play a whole season that way.”
Shep questioned, “So they told you about the Novocain, they told you about the Vicodin and you accepted it. It’s not as if they hid it from you right?”
Newberry said that’s true, but added that he was told by doctors he would be fine. Now, he claims he has kidney failure and is one step away from needing dialysis because of the drugs.
He charged that it’s still going on and said he wants to help change the practices.
Shep asked, "They do that so the game is better, so the hits are bigger, so the best players are out there, so the jersey that I like, […] I want to watch him play, and if they drugged him up to put him out there in front of me so I will watch that channel, am I part of that problem for NFL players?"
“I don’t think you’re part of the problem. It’s a good game.” Newberry replied, “Would you still watch if his backup was in there? Probably so, because it’s still a great game regardless.”
“Who’s Eli’s backup?” Shep said, adding, “Whoever he is, I don’t want to see him.”
Watch the full interview above.
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