Quarterback Jim McMahon—Brett Favre's backup in Super Bowl XXXI—was one of the former Green Bay Packers players named among 500 bringing a class-action lawsuit against the NFL for illegally supplying them with risky narcotics to mask the pain of injury, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Reporter Ben Nuckols writes:
The league obtained and administered the drugs illegally, without prescriptions and without warning players of their potential side effects, to speed the return of injured players to the field and maximize profits, the lawsuit alleges. Players say they were never told about broken legs and ankles and instead were fed pills to mask the pain. One says that instead of surgery, he was given anti-inflammatories and skipped practices so he could play in money-making games. And others say that after years of free pills from the NFL, they retired from the league addicted to the painkillers.
The article states McMahon became addicted to painkillers, at one point taking more than 100 Percocet pills per month administered by team doctors and trainers without prescription, although doesn't specify whether that happened during his time with the Packers or any of his six other teams, including the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears.
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