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Littlefield On Sports: NFL Lawsuit, Athletes Bill Of Rights, Red Sox06:19
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Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes signs autographs prior to a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP)
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes signs autographs prior to a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP)
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In the latest lawsuit against the National Football League. Retired NFL players are accusing the league of illegally using painkillers to mask injuries.

The lawsuit claims the NFL chased profits at the expense of its players' health, supplying them with risky narcotics while often failing to reveal how severe their injuries were, leading to medical complications down the road.

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Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's Only A Game. He tweets at @OnlyAGameNPR.

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The Boston Globe: Councilor Josh Zakim Proposes Bills For Injured College Athletes

  • "Boston’s colleges and universities would be required to provide medical coverage to injured athletes, even beyond their undergraduate years, and honor sports scholarships regardless of injuries or other disruptions under a pair of bills being considered by the City Council this week."

Time Magazine: Retired NFL Players Claim League Illegally Used Drugs To Cover Up Injuries

  • "A lawsuit filed by eight former players claims the league didn't tell them about broken bones and got them addicted to pain killers."

This segment aired on May 21, 2014.

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