A class-action lawsuit brought by Jim McMahon, Jeremy Newberry, Roy Green, and five other NFL retirees seeks damages for alleged medical misconduct by league doctors and trainers in liberally dispensing various pharmaceuticals. The NFL insists that they put the health of their players first.
The NFL responded to a Breitbart Sports inquiry on the case filed in San Francisco’s US District Court by releasing a statement reacting to the lawsuit by the team doctor of the St. Louis Rams. “As the president of the NFL Physicians Society,” Dr. Matthew Matava offered, “I am surprised by this lawsuit. As an NFL team doctor for the past 14 years, I have seen first-hand the outstanding medical care that team doctors provide to players on and off the field. I will leave it to others to respond to the specific allegations of the lawsuit, but as doctors we put our players first.”
The lawsuit comes on the heels of last year’s $765 million settlement, still subject to court review, of a similar suit charging medical malfeasance over brain injuries. Ultimately, more than four thousand players joined that suit.
The eight litigants say through their lawyers that “the NFL gave them no choice. Rather than allowing players the opportunity to rest and heal, the NFL has illegally and unethically substituted pain medications for proper health care to keep the NFL’s tsunami of dollars flowing.”