Thursday, May 22, 2014
Suit Against the NFL for Doping Up Former Players like Racehorses; Jacques Doucet.
Charles: I just wanted to make a comment, probably not too good but ever since Larry Ryan has been on, KEEL has gotten terrible. They have these hot shots now, and it's the same news and the same segments. Let's move on, surely there's got to be something else better going on. It's just not doing much for me.
The NFL has been hit with another lawsuit. 8 former NFL players filing suit that claims the NFL was allegedly doping them up like race horses so they could play through injuries.
Anyone who follows the NFL knows if you want to play in the league, you have to follow the league's rules. Anyone with a regular career can get a job anywhere in America. If you are a journalist, there are other places around the United States that you could find a job. If you're a doctor, lawyer, etc. there are always places around. If you are an NFL player, that is the only place you can go. You can only be an NFL player.
Cajun Mike: I believe it's probably a two-fold problem. Back in the day when those guys played in the 80's they were up and coming and they were new. You can't say much about DA records. The players knew what was going on, they knew that their job was on the line, they knew they had to play through injuries. I treat young athletes, I got parents calling me to look at their 12-year-old sons elbow and I will but then they tell me he has to be able to play in the game on Friday. The kid probably has a torn ligament and you want him to play through it because he's the catcher of the 12-year-old travel league?
Fletch: The players are protecting the owners, and the teams it seems.
Cajun Mike: Who's the head of the suit and when was it filed? why are we hearing about it now?
Fletch: I think we're just hearing about it now, because it's just been brought.
Players call toradol the "full body number"
MD: If they left the facility with a percocet or a lortab, they had to have their name on the bottle.
Fletch: What they're saying is that the doctors and trainers would come around with just a briefcase of pills and tell them to take a handful to take the pain away.
MD: Good rule of thumb is if anything makes you feel better than a percocet, it's not good for you.
JR: I think first we have to look at the lay of the land. Roger Goodell works for the owners, and the players work for the owners. The control mechanism falls to the players. We just went through a CBA. This could've been addressed. Anyone would agree that this is an issue. The fact that we're here in 2014, unless I'm wrong, I still don't think the NFL has HDH testing. At the end of the day, a player has an alternate choice of what he takes and what he doesn't take into his body.
Syd the Kid's Points:
-Doctors were bringing the pills. Would players have gotten a hold of them if they hadn't brought them to their face? Knowing that if they went behind the league to buy illegal prescription drugs they could get fired?
-Doctors were in control of the addictions. Some people take a pain pill and it does the job that it's supposed to, and then thats the end of the story. Other people take one, feel nothing, and then they take 10 to feel it and then they become dependent on it.
-It comes back to the players. It's like when you have to choose your situation. Do you choose to hangout with the bad kids at school or do you stand up for whatever you believe in and make new friends? They had choices.
What have we been taught since we were little? Trust your doctor. Don't feel good? Go to the doctor.
Johnny C: Ryan Pritchard who I know we were neighbors with him, he was a professional wrestler. I know the oilers traded him in '72 because he made more money doing that. I'm not sure there's not some resentment there, he was in the point of the NFL where they weren't making much money, they had to have a second job. The professional athlete mentality...how many times have we seen players on the sidelines arguing with trainers and coaches to let them back in? With the concussion lawsuits, I'm just not sure if some of these guys are looking for a payday.
Chris: I wanted to talk to you a little bit about that we use in medicine today and it's an "inform consent". Nowadays you can't even have a splinter taken out without this inform consent. You have to know how they are going to interact with one another. We were brought up, if your doctor says you needed to do something, you would do it because you trust someone that is looking out for your health. The players trusted these people.
Tim from Marshall: I was a trainer back in the day, thigh school and college. Back in the 60's and 70's we didn't have the type of informational resources back then. Nowadays, you can google it. Back then, you would take it to see the side effects. In my college training days, we had the drug closets but they were only for the physician's purposes and that was the 70's.
Jacques Doucet from WAFB:
Doucet: There's the foul balls and there's always a cluster of about 15-20 kids chasing them. Football has people wanting to kill each other after the game, in baseball you kind of get over it and then see if you can beat them the next game.
Fletch: What's your feeling on where LSU will be? Will they be on the same side of the bracket?
Doucet: The NCAA wants to make money, does ULL lose out on that or is it that they can't pass up on a Ragin' Cajun/Tiger matchup in the super regional. It will be very interesting how that pans out.
Fletch: Where does Aaron Nola rank in the "greats?"
Doucet: Ben McDonald has always kind of been the untouchable, Skip Bertman, the 80's 90's guard of LSU baseball. Aaron Nola, there's not a more unflappable kid. You've got to put him in the top 2 or 3 in LSU history. It's always the same Aaron Nola. When opposing teams have to play him they say "well, it'll be over under hits thats for sure."
Fletch: What about below the surface? Take us behind the scenes and these kids personalities.
Doucet: Christian is a prankster. I did a story with great material about the pitching staff and basically it was the practice before yesterday and the pitchers had nothing to do. Curt is one of the funnier personalities on the team, for sure. That's the great thing about baseball and covering baseball, you can do fun stories like these. It's always made it unique and fun.
Red, Rock, and Blue:
A charity event that consists of a huge softball and kickball tournament, last year they had 80 teams.
The softball tournament was something I started my senior year in high school. The tournament grew over the years and eventually I was told you know, you ought to make a charity out of this. Patriotism got a little rise bad then and so now I just try and add a little new something every year.
Jacques Doucet now doing his impersonations of Hawthorne, John Brady, and Mainieri.