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Former NFL players file suit

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Posted: May 21, 2014 6:12 AM by Hunter Robinson
Source: ABC

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Topics: lawsuit, NFL, players, health, narcotics, painkillers, complications, health

ATLANTA - Tuesday was supposed to be a day of celebration for the NFL, as the league announced Minneapolis, Minnesota as the host city of the 2018 Super Bowl. Instead, the league is now addressing concerns following a new lawsuit.

Former players accuse the league of putting profits ahead of their long-term health. They claim the league gave them powerful pain killers to keep them on the field.

Lawyers say more than 500-former players have signed-on, even though just eight are named in the suit. According to documents, players say the narcotics led to serious health complications later in life.

"The biggist issues is you start looking for information, and it's not there," said former NFL player Richard Dent. Players also say the league was aware of the possible health issues and did nothing to stop it.

"They knew about it and didn't tell us," accused ex-NFL QB Jim McMahon. "That's just flat out lying."

Right now, the NFL is remaing mum on the issue.

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