This past May, Jim McMahon and Richard Dent were amongst a group of eight former NFL players that sued the league over illegal painkiller distribution. “The NFL knew of the debilitating effects of these drugs on all of its players and callously ignored the players’ long-term health in its obsession to return them to play,” said players’ attorney Steven Silverman; a few weeks later, hundreds more former players, including ESPN personality Marcellus Wiley, had joined the suit.
According to Michael O’Keefe at the New York Daily News, the lawsuit prompted the feds to launch an investigation:
Both the lawsuit and the investigation could take several years to unwind.
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