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Below is the first part of an article by Dennis O’Donnell from sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com. It reads…

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Former 49ers Pro Bowl center Jeremy Newberry has joined other former football stars Richard Dent, Jim McMahon and Roy Green in filing a class-action lawsuit against the National Football League alleging illegal and rampant misuse of  pain-killing medications that led to debilitating injuries and long-term health problems.

The suit was also filed on behalf of “hundreds” of additional former players Tuesday in San Francisco Federal Court.

In a copy of the lawsuit obtained by KPIX 5, the players allege the misuse of pain-killing pills and injections – without a doctor’s prescription or explanation of side effects – were necessary to keep players on the field and helped turn the NFL into a billion-dollar empire.

“We have not seen the lawsuit and our attorneys have not had an opportunity to review it,” said Brian McCarthy, Vice President of Communications for the National Football League.

Source: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/05/20/ex-49er-leads-mass-suit-against-nfl-for-drug-misuse-substituting-players-health-for-profit-national-football-league-trainers-players-jeremy-newberry-richard-dent-jim-mcmahon-pills-inject-lawsuit-sued/