NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Terry Crews is going hard at the NFL, calling it “a cult” as the league is reeling from another bombshell lawsuit.
“It’s really like a cult,” the linebacker-turned-actor told Sports Illustrated’s SI Now. “I’m going to say it. The NFL is a cult, because you’ve been looking at this motto and this logo for your whole life and you believe in it and you’re like ‘They wouldn’t do anything to hurt me. They never would.’ And, uh oh, maybe they would.”
A lawsuit filed on behalf of hundreds of former players Tuesday accused the NFL of illegally obtaining and administering controlled substances — including narcotic painkillers — to keep players on the field.
Crews said “there’s a lot of co-dependency going on” in the NFL.
“There is this thing where the team kind of looks at themselves as your father,” Crews said. “And it’s kind of weird, because it’s like ‘You’d do this for the team, right?’ ”
Crews was drafted by St. Louis in 1991. He also played for San Diego and Washington before retiring in 1997.
The lawsuit covers a 40-year span beginning in 1968, according to The Associated Press. The league has also been trying to complete a $765 million settlement over concussion-related issues.
“When you give your life over to something like that and give your total trust into something like that, it will always disappoint you,” Crews said.
The 45-year-old was recently named the new host of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”
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