A group of former pro-football players are suing the NFL claiming the league supplied them with powerful painkillers in lieu of proper healthcare.
The athletes say while the drugs kept them on the field, they led to serious health complications later on including addiction. Eight players are named in the lawsuit including former San Francisco 49er Jeremy Newberry.
Newberry says he received injections to numb injuries for the majority of games in his NFL career. “It’s almost like a cattle call when you have 20 to 25 guys standing with their pants half down, waiting in line for a doctor who’s got a hundred different syringes lined up and you walk through, they’re sticking you one at a time as you walk in and out.”
Bears quarterback Jim McMahon is also one of the plaintiffs claiming he discovered nearly a decade later that he suffered a broken neck that team doctors never told him about.
The former players want financial compensation and extended healthcare for more than 500 ex-athletes and changes to how painkillers are administered.