The NFLPA has filed a grievance against the NFL alleging that the league was aware of its teams violating terms of the collective bargaining agreement as it pertained to the distribution of painkillers, but failed to respond accordingly.
The NFLPA’s 21-page grievance, obtained by attorney Daniel Wallach of Becker and Poliakoff, can be read in its entirety here.
A group of former players filed a federal lawsuit against the NFL in February, alleging the league violated federal drug laws, supplied players routinely with opiate painkillers, and circumvented advice from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on how to track and distribute controlled substances.
After Deadspin and The Washington Post obtained an uncensored version of the lawsuit, which included previously redacted portions of the filing, the NFLPA released a statement on March 10, announcing it was alarmed by the revelations brought up by the former players.
The NFL categorically denied the validity of the allegations in a statement received by the Post on March 9.
“The NFL clubs and their medical staffs are all in compliance with the Controlled Substances Act. The NFL clubs and their medical staffs continue to put the health and safety of our players first, providing all NFL players with the highest quality medical care. Any claim or suggestion to the contrary is simply wrong.”
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