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Tue May 20, 2014, 06:03 PM

A look at ex-players' allegations in NFL lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, a group of retired NFL players says the league illegally supplied them with painkillers that numbed injuries and led to medical complications. Eight players are named. A look at some of what each alleges:

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JIM MCMAHON: He says he discovered in 2011 or 2012 that he had suffered a broken neck. He believes it happened in 1993 when his legs went numb after a hit. But the lawsuit says team doctors and trainers never told him about it.

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RICHARD DENT: He describes a daily ritual of a team breakfast, followed by the medications needed to get him on the field for practice. Then, according to the lawsuit, he'd take "downers" to sleep.

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JEREMY NEWBERRY: The lawsuit says he was one of as many as 15 San Francisco 49ers routinely lining up, pants down, for anti-inflammatory shot before games. During games, he would simply ask trainers for medications, with no records being kept, according to the lawsuit.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/look-ex-players-allegations-nfl-lawsuit

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Reply A look at ex-players' allegations in NFL lawsuit (Original post)
Strange Luck May 2014 OP
Bronxbomber May 2014 #1
pizzaiolo_sf May 2014 #2
Bardown May 2014 #3
birthmark2 May 2014 #4
john262 May 2014 #5
Bardown May 2014 #6

Response to Strange Luck (Original post)

Tue May 20, 2014, 07:05 PM

1. I wonder what long-term effects all this will have on football participation levels

at the Pop Warner & High School levels? I sure wouldn't want my son playing football, at the very least, before the high school level.

I also wonder what long-term effects (if any) this will have ultimately on the popularity of the NFL. The NFL has been the bulletproof, Teflon-coated darling of the sports media for so long that it will be interesting to see how the NFL deals with this barrage of negative publicity and its aftermath. When MLB players get caught using PEDs, it seems everyone and his mother howls like a gaggle of banshees being slowly boiled alive. When NFL players get caught juicing, or when they murder or beat their wives, girlfriends, or have other violent altercations, the NFL's ratings seemingly shoot up another 3%, and all the NFL sycophants in the sports media wax rhapsodic about the sports' unshakable popularity.

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Response to Strange Luck (Original post)

Wed May 21, 2014, 11:08 AM

2. Admit it … as football fans, we turn a blind eye

I've been struggling with this for a few years since chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) became news.

CTE is a degenerative brain disorder caused by repetitive head injury. Beginning disorders have been diagnosed in football players as young as the high school level.

Add CTE to drug abuse and the list of life-long injuries from playing football to bones, joints, and internal organs is horrifying.

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Response to pizzaiolo_sf (Reply #2)

Wed May 21, 2014, 11:37 AM

3. I've been going through the same struggle after Derek Boogaard's suffering and death.

There have to be ways to make these sports safer. It's going to take a great deal of work and money and thinking in different ways about "the game." But there is a change coming.

ETA: And I realize the irony of my sig line on this post.

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Response to Strange Luck (Original post)

Wed May 21, 2014, 02:33 PM

4. Of the three in your post...

...I really only think McMahon has cause for complaint. Keeping a player in the dark about his medical condition is dead wrong.

Dent and Newberry were grown men of sound mind and made their choice.

As to CTE, I think every player in the league (including new draftees) should have to attend a meeting where CTE is discussed in detail by neutral doctors and ex-players. The players should then be given the option of opting out of their contracts with no repercussions from either the league or the team.

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Response to Strange Luck (Original post)

Wed May 21, 2014, 03:32 PM

5. Look for the media to pretty much sweep this story under the rug.

The major broadcast networks make too much money off from NFL broadcasts. And cable news outlets and magazines make a lot of money from pharmaceutical advertisers. I don't think that this issue will have legs.

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Response to john262 (Reply #5)

Wed May 21, 2014, 06:39 PM

6. Correct.

Any mainstream/pop coverage about it is bound to talk about "those greedy ballplayers" and "what did you expect when you signed up" and so on.

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