Former San Diego Chargers linebacker, Terrell Suggs, filed a lawsuit Monday alleging the league and its team owners violated federal antitrust laws by using “anti-competitive and abusive tactics to force players to take medication for chronic pain and to reduce the risk of injury.”
The lawsuit alleges that in the past decade, players have taken painkillers such as Vicodin, Adderall and OxyContin to relieve their pain and decrease the risk they might fall down during games.
The lawsuit also claims that during the 2014 preseason, the NFL’s health and safety officers conducted extensive inspections of the team’s facilities and players’ homes and determined that “the league and the teams owners were engaged in anti-competitive conduct by forcing players to use pain medications.”
It’s unclear how long the lawsuit will be pending.
Suggings filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing the Drug Enforcement Administration, NFL and NFLPA antitrust statutes as grounds for the suit.
Siggs, who was drafted by the Chargers in the 1999 NFL Draft and played two seasons with the team, said in the lawsuit that he suffered from “headaches, migraines, dizziness, headaches, and severe fatigue.”
He has since left the NFL.
NFLPA spokesperson John Stapleton told Fox Sports that the league had not seen the lawsuit and that it was not aware of any allegations of wrongdoing against the league.