Painkillers suit exposes NFL culture

League's backstage reality is more deceitful and unhealthy than we realized

Originally Published: May 22, 2014
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

They are decades removed from their NFL playing careers and yet they sound like men who are only now waking from a deep slumber, shaking off the fog of what really happened during their Sunday wars, and taking a reckoning of the Faustian bargains they thought they "had" to make. And they do not like what they see.

Nor should we.

The lawsuit filed by eight former players in district court in San Francisco this week against the NFL, alleging that their former teams illegally administered ...

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