The National Football League on Thursday asked a judge to toss out a lawsuit filed by former players who allege team officials gave them powerful painkillers and other drugs to keep them on the field without regard for their long-term health.
A conga line of football icons is suing the NFL for negligence, malfeasance, malpractice, and just about everything short of global warming.
The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages on behalf of more than 500 ex-athletes, charges the NFL with putting profits ahead of players’ health.
The awards could reach $5 million for athletes with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease; $4 million for a death involving brain trauma; and $3 million for dementia cases.
The NFL has reached a tentative $765 million settlement over concussion-related brain injuries among its 18,000 retired players, agreeing to compensate victims, pay for medical exams and underwrite research.
Plaintiffs hope to hold the NFL responsible for the care of players suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions.
A report that club owners in Dallas have put out an urgent call for an additional 10,000 strippers struck a familiar chord with those who remember when players’ antics the week leading up to the Super Bowl made for bigger headlines than the game itself.