A lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday alleging that the NFL loaded up players with medications came after a major Baltimore law firm spent more than a year investigating the claims.
The suit, filed in California on behalf of eight retired players, alleges that the football league put its profits ahead of their well-being when they illegally gave players drugs without filling out prescriptions or warning them of side effects.
"The NFL has supported a drug culture that has provided dangerous pain killers and anti-inflammatories for free to players for years with no warnings as to their side effects or the dangers of mixing them together and with alcohol," said Steve Silverman, a partner at the firm of Silverman Thompson Slutkin and White.
Andrew Slutkin, another partner, said in an interview that the players approached him and his colleagues because of their involvement in a NHL concussion case and said the suit fits with the firm's experience in serious injury cases.
The lawyers are asking the judge to give the case class action status and say they have lined up more than 500 other former players to join.
"We believe it's a significant case that will eventually help players and future players in future situations like this," Slutkin said in an interview.
An NFL spokesman told the Associated Press that the league had not seen the lawsuit and declined to comment.