NFLPA is filing a Grievance against the NFL over use of painkillers
Finally, we are seeing some movement by the NFLPA as they file a grievance aginst the NFL over their normal usage of painkillers by players during the season
The National Football League Players Association reportedly filed a grievance against the NFL last month for violations of the collective bargaining agreement based on the distribution of prescription drugs.
On Tuesday, Sheilla Dingus of Advocacy for Fairness in Sports noted the filing cites a violation of CBA Article 39 and Article 2, which focus on “non-compliance with federal law and ethical guidelines” related to the “administration of federally scheduled drugs and painkillers.”
It’s wild that it has taken this long for something like this to happen. I think that it’s finally the last straw over what Roger Goodell said about weed being an addicting drug and it is unhealthy. The hypocrisy of it is just mind blowing. Here is the Full quote from Goodell from Mike & Mike.
“I think you still have to look at a lot of aspects of marijuana use,” Goodell said. “Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say. It does have addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term. All of those things have to be considered. And it’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game. We really want to help our players in that circumstance but I want to make sure that the negative consequences aren’t something that is something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.”
He did at least acknowledge the fact that there are truckloads of evidence about the medical properties of marijuana but not to the level of any sane person. With the growing number of states that have already passed laws about making it either medically legal or just legal in general should have swayed his mind on the matter. The old guy grabs that it is harmful is what is going on here still. I will always make the argument that It is legal for me to buy a bottle of booze go out in the parking lot and drink myself to death but can’t smoke weed which is a schedule 1 drug right up there with Heroin, LSD, MDMA, and Psilocybin. Notice that besides Heroin the rest of the drugs are all mind blowing ones. It will never make sense to me that Coke is on a lower schedule.
Which brings me to my next point and that’s the drug that most if not all players get before games and that is Toradol. It is a NSAID which reduces hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. The drug is used by players to survive the car crash that they experience on a daily basis. It last long enough that will help players make it thru the season. The player that always comes to mind while talking about it is Brian Urlacher who spoke about it on “Real Sports” an HBO show.
“You drop your pants, you get the alcohol, they give you a shot, put the Band-Aid on, you go out and play,” Urlacher told interviewer Andrea Kremer. “Not that big of a deal.”
The drug is legal and administered by team doctors in the NFL. Former NFL center Jeremy Newberry once said there was sometimes 20-30 players lined up before the games to get the shots.
The NFLPA could be a move finally in the right direction, who entered the agreement ages ago against weed, and the NFL I would guess are using it as a bargaining chip for something they want back. They are looking to leapfrog that all together with a more common sense look at all drugs used in the NFL. We just need something to be different, so fans don’t see another Josh Gordon situation again.