Monday, November 17, 2014
The federal government conducted surprise inspections of the National Football League medical staff on Sunday to see if doctors were carrying illegal prescriptions with them. Contrary to what one might think, if the physicians were clean, the PR from the raid would be positive, and it would bolster the NFL's contention that it is hewing to the law. This, however, doesn't apply to the players themselves and what they might be taking privately. Football is a brutal sport measured in injuries large and small. Tape and padding cannot protect ribs, knees and ankles from mangling blows. This is why the federal government has reason to suspect drugs are given to players to get them back into games when they should be benched. One would hope that the raids are regular lest any doctors bow to pressure from team owners and staff to get star players back onto the field. The doctors themselves must understand that there are long-term repercussions for short-term decisions,and they are influencing the health of the players for the rest of their lives.