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The NFL Drug Inspection Scandal:

When it comes to scandals, the 2014 NFL season is sure to go down as one of the most controversial in league history - both on and off the field. From the Ray Rice lifetime suspension for slugging his wife to the Adrian Peterson plea deal after he admitted taking a switch to his young son for misbehaving, the NFL's dirty laundry - and reputation - was on the line all year.

And the hits kept on coming on November 16th when five road teams had their medical staffs interviewed and had their bags spot checked by agents from the U. S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

The stated reason for the inspections was to see whether there were any potential violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act. No one was arrested and the DEA declined to comment about what might have been discovered, adding the federal investigation began in the summer.

The teams involved in the spot checks were the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Bucs, Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions.

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But these spot checks may be the first in a series.

The inspections were sparked by a lawsuit filed in May 2014 on behalf of 500 former NFL players, including former Chicago Bears Jim McMahon, Richard Dent and Keith Van Horn. They claimed they were routinely -- and often illegally -- given powerful narcotics and other drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin to mask pain and keep them on the playing field.

A few days after the spot checks, the league urged a federal judge to approve a settlement of nearly one billion dollars to resolve lawsuits based on player concussions, even though some former players or their survivors feared they would be left out of the deal.

To be continued…

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