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Former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman Jeremy Newberry is described as the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit against the NFL that alleges a negligent culture of drug misuse that placed profits over the health of its players.
Attorney Steven Silverman told the Associated Press his firm filed the lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco.
Former NFL players Richard Dent, Ron Stone, Jim McMahon, Roy Green, Keith Van Horne and Ron Pritchard joined Newberry as plaintiffs.
Newberry, a native of Antioch, spent his first nine NFL seasons with the 49ers after being a second-round draft pick from Cal in 1998. He finished his career with the Raiders in 2007 and the San Diego Chargers in 2008. Stone played 13 NFL seasons, including two seasons with the 49ers and two with the Raiders to finish his career. Dent, a Hall of Famer, appeared in just two games with the 49ers early in the 1994 season.
The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified financial compensation “for the long-term chronic injuries, financial losses, expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish and other losses they have suffered as a result of that misconduct and medical monitoring for the problems they suffer from and future problems they will suffer,” the lawsuit states.
“We have not seen the suit and our attorneys have not had an opportunity to review it,” NFL vice president of communications Brian McCarthy told CSNBayArea.com.
The 49ers were also unaware of the lawsuit, a team spokesman said.
In the lawsuit, Newberry alleges he received injections of Toradol, an anti-inflammatory drug, throughout his career.
“Newberry and Stone would be two of as many as 15 of the 49ers starters lining up, pants down, to receive a Toradol shot in their buttocks before every game,” the lawsuit alleges.
“Newberry’s records should have seen the decreasing kidney function from his blood levels, he was never told about that problem while with the League,” the lawsuit alleges. “Indeed, if not for one night after retiring that Newberry’s blood pressure was measured at 250 over 160, at which point he was hospitalized for days, Newberry might have died from his kidney problems.”