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Class action lawsuit filed in California

The National Football League has been dealing with multiple lawsuits lately that involve everything from concussions to the alleged illegal supplying of drugs to players.

Eight players who previously competed in the NFL have filed a class action lawsuit claiming that the league illegally supplied them with painkillers as a means of keeping them in the game. However, they were not made aware of the side effects of the medication or the severity of the injuries that were being covered up.

According to the plaintiffs lawsuit, they were provided with a variety of prescription drugs, including Celebrex, Ambien, Toradol, Prednisone, Percocet, Vicodin and Percodan.

The eight players include Richard Dent, Jim McMahon, Ron Stone, Ron Pritchard, J.D. Hill, Keith Van Horne, Roy Green, and Jeremy Newbery. All eight plaintiffs played for different franchises during their careers, which spanned from 1969 to 2008. Each one claims that the NFL cares more about making money than the health of its players.

The complaint alleged that "More games, longer seasons, shorter recovery between games, plus bigger and stronger players, equals more frequent and debilitating injuries. That is problematic for the League, which needs players on the field on every given Sunday so the money can keep rolling in."

Class action lawsuits are filed all the time, and this one has been assigned to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. These eight NFL players feel that they were treated poorly during their time in the league, and have now decided to file a lawsuit in an attempt to recover compensation.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Former NFL players file class action claiming drug misuse" Kyla Asbury, Jun. 29, 2014

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