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NFL ‘Drug Scheme’ Racketeering Claims Tossed On Appeal

Feb. 7, 2019, 3:18 PM

Claims that NFL teams gave players return-to-play drugs and fraudulently concealed the health consequences were filed years too late, a federal appeals court ruled.

Former players claimed that the National Football League clubs violated a federal racketeering law through physicians and trainers who dispensed pills to keep injured players on the field despite nagging injuries.

The claims are barred by the four-year statute of limitations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the Feb. 6 unpublished decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said.

The NFL clubs also concealed their violations of federal drug laws, ...