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Former Super Bowl champion Derek Loville sentenced to prison for drug conspiracy

July 7, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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Former running back for the Oregon Ducks and Seattle Seahawks Derek Loville was sentenced to 15 months behind bars on Wednesday for his role in an international drug ring based out of Southern California.

The 48-year-old was also ordered to pay a $5,000 penalty for his role in the drug ring headed by Owen Hanson, a walk-on tight end and volleyball player at the University of Southern California. In 2004, Hanson was part of the Trojans football team.

Derek Loville was among 22 defendants who were sentenced in the case which involved Hanson’s offshore gambling and drug trafficking operation, The San Diego Tribune reported.

Former NFL running back Derek Loville was sentenced to 15 months in prison

The NFL was brutal on the player, and he suffered over 20 concussions along with various other injuries. Those injuries led to painkiller addiction, Loville’s lawyer, Francisco Sanchez, indicated.

“The doctors would give him morphine, Vicodin, and OxyContin to deal with pain and keep him playing, attention that stopped with his retirement,” the attorney stated. Loville turned to medical marijuana and painkiller “to aid with pain and to be functional. Loville suffers from migraines, chronic headaches, memory loss, depression, irritability – symptoms now being frequently linked to NFL concussions.”

Sanchez said that Loville owed Hanson thousands from gambling debts incurred on Hanson’s site, which led to Loville selling drugs on his behalf.

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