Former Football Players Fight Back, Tell Ninth Circuit That NFL Was Directly Involved in Painkiller Lawsuit

In a lawsuit where former NFL players accused the league of doping them with amphetamines and painkillers, the players have responded to the NFL’s effort to end their appeal in the Ninth Circuit. As we reported earlier, former Chicago Bears players Richard Dent and Jim McMahon sued the NFL in 2014, claiming that the league facilitated the use of opioids, anesthetics, and drugs like Toradol without prescriptions, violating the Controlled Substances Act. While their lawsuit was initially dismissed by a district court for being preempted…
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Goodell Prompts NFL Chief Medical Advisor’s Resignation

Embattled National Football League chief medical advisor Elliot Pellman has retired from his position in a decision prompted by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. According to sources, Goodell wrote the decision was made in order to “demonstrate strong leadership” and because “players and fans need to trust in the league.” Pellman, a rheumatologist, has been in the middle of the NFL’s concussion problem over the last few years, and helped create the league’s concussion policies as chair of the NFL’s Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Committee…
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