With the class-action lawsuit pending against the NFL by multiple former players, including 1985 Bears Richard Dent, Jim McMahon and Keith Van Horne, those involved were reluctant to talk beyond the accusations contained in the brief filed in Federal court in San Francisco.
But at the core of the action is frustration, a feeling among the retired vets that neither the NFL nor the NFL Players Association has the interests of the former players on any agenda. As one plaintiff, on condition of anonymity, told CSNChicago.com, “Sometimes the only way you get the NFL to listen is to sue them.”
Players have stated that they were not told of injuries as severe as broken legs and ankles, not to mention concussion issues that have swirled in other actions. Players have said that illegal drugs were distributed as part of efforts to mask pain and keep players on the field.
Both Dent and McMahon developed dependencies on pain killers in the course of dealing with their injuries, the lawsuit states. The suit alleges that Van Horne, the starting right tackle for the Super Bowl XX Bears, played a season on a broken leg and wasn't told about the injury for five years, "during which time he was fed a constant diet of pills to deal with the pain.”