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Former NFL Players Federal Lawsuit: NFL Teams Conspired to Push Painkillers

May 22, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Former NFL Players Federal Lawsuit: NFL Teams Conspired to Push Painkillers

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The NFL is the subject of a civil lawsuit by Hundreds of former players, who allege for decades all 32 NFL teams, including team doctors, trainers, medical staffs and former coaches, all engaged in a conspiracy on behalf og the teams by illegally providing painkillers to players so they can keep on playing with ill regard to their long-term health.

The lawsuit repeats claims made in a federal lawsuit filed in May 2014 against the NFL by 1,300 former players in the Northern District of California. However, the case was dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup last December.

According the former players’ attorneys, the players are claiming the NFL teams had participated in the intentional illicit acts, not negligent acts.”

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Don Shula, Mike Holmgren, Mike Tice, Wayne Fontes and Howard schnellenberger all named in suit filed by former players

Plaintiffs’ attorney Steve Silverman said, ‘It’s another part of a unified effort to provide health care and compensation to the thousands of former players who have been permanently injured or died as a result of playing professional football.”

The lawsuits argue that the NFL teams and their medical staffs purposely withheld crucial information from players regarding the extent and seriousness nature of their injuries and instead provided prescription painkillers, including anti-inflammatories and other dangerous drugs to prevent the pain so they could continue playing on the field.

In Addition, the lawsuit claims the teams filled out prescriptions in their names without their knowledge or consent.

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Mel Renfro (left) is one of 13 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NFL's 32 teams. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Mel Renfro (left) is one of 13 plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NFL’s 32 teams. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

The new lawsuit also accused former head coaches of being involved in the conspiracy, including Don Shula, Howard Schnellenberger, Wayne Fontes, Mike Holmgren and Mike Tice, who players say threatened them with their release if they refused to take the painkillers and return to the field.

The NFL, which in the last year has been reeling from off the field issue has refused to comment on the latest lawsuit.

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