Richard Dent is heading back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the second time as he seeks to hold the NFL accountable for the NFL’s deceptive and illegal use of painkillers, that have left many players permanently disabled. His appellant brief is due on August 22. Why his very competent legal team hasn’t been able to convince Judge William Alsup of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California of the NFL’s masterminding and role in the painkiller abuse is puzzling, but a recently unsealed transcript hold some clues.
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⚖️Litigation Lane: Evans et al vs. Arizona Cardinals et al (NFL painkiller lawsuit) Plaintiffs in painkiller case ask judge to allow appeal of dismissal order to 9th Circuit. Hearing on June 29th. https://t.co/rPOp4M5AvW — Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) June 3, 2017
Arkansas Tech vs. NCAA NCAA swaps ruling; Arkansas Tech files suit …
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⚖️Litigation Lane: Joe Mixon Joe Mixon’s attorneys schedule April depositions of assault witness and police officer who interviewed victim. Case set for trial on 9/12. — Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) March 30, 2017 More important deadline is 7/1 for summary judgment motions. Mixon will seek dismissal of remaining claims then. https://t.co/RRWCaQkyvm — Daniel Wallach …
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?Painkiller Pandemonium: .@MercPurdy really nailed it here: https://t.co/hPpkHyxsr1 pic.twitter.com/0InnoG7ObD — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) March 11, 2017 Judge unseals documents, as @NFLPA expresses alarm at painkillers report https://t.co/SH1lqy1Zp1 via @RickMaese — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) March 11, 2017 NFLPA Statement on Abuse of Painkillers and Prescription Drugs https://t.co/VQe6FfNYCK — …
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Going into the final stretch of the 2016-2017 season, the NFL has imposed 44 fines or suspensions on players for violations of the league’s substance abuse or performance enhancing substance policies. Much of the substance abuse discipline is related to players’ use of marijuana, some for medical purposes as in the case of Bills OT Seantrel Henderson, who was suspended for using physician prescribed cannabis for symptomatic treatment of Crohn’s Disease, a gastrointestinal disease so painful that it renders many of its sufferers unable to walk. Cannabis is one of the few, and also most effective ways of treating this presently incurable disease. Other players who may use marijuana for pain management related to playing injuries are also subject to suspensions, should they be caught – regardless of whether or not marijuana use is legal in the state where they live.
Numerous other players have faced fines and suspensions for ingesting performance enhancing drugs, several, allegedly by accident. Eagles RT Lane Johnson has filed a lawsuit against both the NFL and Players’ Association claiming in addition to a number of procedural violations that the Aegis app provided to players is not accurate and the union isn’t doing enough to protect players from accidental ingestion of banned substances.
The one class of drugs the NFL does not appear to have a problem with is painkillers – both of the opioid and NSAID variety – yet these are allegedly used outside the boundaries of medical guidelines constituting imposed substance abuse for the sole purpose of enhancing players’ ability to perform and remain in the game. If statements made by dozens of former players and a handful of active players are true – and I see little if any reason for doubt, – then the NFL is engaged in a dangerous hypocrisy regarding drug use.
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Painkiller Purgatory in the Sports Leagues The damage to the brains of players from concussion risk is now becoming well-known. What is less known but also alarming is the abuse of prescription painkillers in the NFL and NHL. 23 of 50 NFL players surveyed this season re their use of Toradol say they’ve been using …
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