NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- This could get very, very ugly.
According to the New York Daily News, the Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating the abuse of prescription medication in NFL locker rooms.
"They want to find out who provided and distributed the drugs to football players," one source told the newspaper.
This is just the latest off-the-field headache for the NFL. Last week, a federal judge approved a deal that would compensate thousands of former players for concussion-related claims.
Now, it appears that Commissioner Roger Goodell and his lawyers have another fire on their hands that will need to be put out.
"The allegations in our lawsuit, that the NFL has violated state and federal drug laws, have been confirmed by over 1,300 former NFL players," Steve Silverman, an attorney for the former players, told the New York Daily News. "We are pleased to learn that the DEA and United States Department of Justice are also taking our clients' allegations seriously and are actively protecting the welfare of NFL players."
The investigation goes back at least three decades.
"One former trainer has described the 1980s and 1990s as (the) Wild West in terms of the NFL monitoring the medications provided to its players," the lawsuit said, according to the newspaper.
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