In the 85-page complaint, McMahon claims that team trainers dispensed a high volume of pain killers to him and hundreds, if not thousands of shots from team doctors for pain management without being given any warning of possible side effects from use of the drugs. McMahon states that he believes team doctors okayed him to continue playing after he suffered a broken neck and later a broken ankle while playing. Van Horne claims he played an entire season on a broken leg without ever being told by the team's doctors of the extent of his injury. He was required to wear a special medical boot to reduce swelling in his leg and was "fed a constant diet of pills to deal with the pain."
Colts' owner Jim Irsay's recent arrest for possession of controlled substances and driving while intoxicated is used by the plaintiffs in their lawsuit as evidence of the NFL's "pervasively malign culture." The suit first mentions problems that arose with missing pain medications from the New Orleans Saints' drug locker. When the team's head of security, a former FBI agent, investigated and learned that pills were being removed from the drug locker by an assistant coach, the team's management conspired to cover up the coach's actions. Geoffrey Santini resigned his job rather than be complicit in the team's actions and later sued the team for constructive discharge, which led the DEA to open an investigation now being reviewed by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Louisiana. The suit adds, "The Saints may not be the only team failing to properly account for its medications. On March 16, 2014, Colts’ owner Jim Irsay was arrested and found to possess several Schedule IV medications, including Xanax, Valium and Ambien, along with large amounts of cash." Isn't it ironic that one of the selling points of the Irsay-led efforts to win the 2018 Super Bowl bid for Indianapolis was a new initiative to promote player safety? Want to take any bets on whether U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett will open an investigation of how Irsay was acquiring his controlled substances?
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