(SAN FRANCISCO) — Already facing a lawsuit over concussions, the NFL is now being sued by former players who charge that the league pumped them full of drugs illegally during their playing careers, causing addiction and other health complications.
The complaint filed in San Francisco Tuesday alleges that the NFL knowingly gave players narcotics and other painkillers to help them play through injuries. The lawsuit also charges that players were not informed about the extent of their injuries, which included broken legs and ankles.
Eight players, including three members of the NFL champion 1985 Chicago Bears, brought the suit. Their lawyers are also seeking class-action status, claiming that 500 other former players have also signed on.
An NFL spokesman commented, “We have not seen the lawsuit and our attorneys have not had an opportunity to review it.”
Earlier this year, U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody refused to give approval to the $765 million settlement worked out by the NFL and lawyers for 20,000 ex-players who suffered concussion-like injuries during their careers. Brody told the lawyers to revisit the settlement, suggesting that the compensation might not be enough.
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