Former NFL Players Sue League for Pushing Drugs
May 20, 2014 11:16 AM Subscribe
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Eight former National Football League players have filed a class-action suit against the NFL
for illegally pumping them full of painkillers and other drugs to keep them playing.
The eight players range from Ron Pritchard, who started playing for the Houston Oilers in 1969, to Jeremy Newberry, who last played for the San Diego Chargers in 2008. Among them, the players have 13 Pro Bowl appearances, seven Super Bowl championship rings, and one membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Richard Dent).
The suit alleges that NFL team trainers and doctors routinely doped up players without warning them of the risks or even telling them what they were having done to them. Effects on the players include medical problems and drug addiction. J.D. Hill, who played for the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions, said in a statement
, "I became addicted and turned to the streets after my career and was homeless. Never took a drug in my life, and I became a junkie in the NFL."