November 17th, 2014
11:25 PM ET

Former NFL Player Marcellus Wiley: No one is going to sign up for something that will hurt long term, just for a short-term fix

The DEA paid surprise visits to several NFL teams after their games this past Sunday and questioned their medical and training staffs. These "spot checks" were apparently part of an ongoing investigation sparked by a class action suit alleging widespread abuse of painkillers in the league. The agents didn't make any arrests. In a statement the NFL said:

"Our teams cooperated with the DEA today, and we have no information to indicate that irregularities were found."

Marcellus Wiley is one of about 1,300 former NFL players involved in that class action lawsuit and a commentator with ESPN. He spoke to Anderson, along with his attorney Steven Silverman.

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September 23rd, 2014
12:49 AM ET

Inside the NFL's non-profit tax-exempt status

The NFL is struggling with scandal after scandal concerning domestic violence, brain damage from concussions of players, even questions about its drug testing policy, but did you also know that the league made $10.5 billion in 2013 and is run by a front office that is getting a pretty big gift from U.S. taxpayers. The National football League is a non-profit. Which means, while the teams pay taxes, the league does not.
You may be asking why? CNN's Drew Griffin is keeping them honest.
For more this story: Is the NFL skirting the tax man?

Filed under: Keeping Them Honest • NFL • Sports
September 19th, 2014
09:53 PM ET

Rachel Nichols on Roger Goodell: It's a step forward, but there are unanswered questions

CNN's Rachel Nichols made headlines today when she grilled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Today's news conference marked Goodell's first public comments in a week. Just after he promised to get the league's "house in order," more troubling news broke on the Ray Rice case. A source confirmed to CNN that Ravens' security spoke to Atlantic City Police and learned of the video from inside a casino elevator hours after the incident occurred. Anderson spoke with Rachel, along with Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko and domestic violence survivor Leslie Morgan Steiner.

Seven NFL players have been in the headlines recently for abuse or alleged abuse. Five of them have been benched or cut, one is just on the practice squad, but one is set to take the field to play this Sunday. That player is San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald who is accused of assaulting his pregnant fiancé. Sports Illustrated's Peter King spoke to Anderson about why a suspension is not necessarily the right move in the case.

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September 16th, 2014
10:20 PM ET

Advertisers pull out as Peterson prepares to return to the field

The Vikings are hoping to rebound from last week's tough loss against the Patriots with the help of star running back Adrian Peterson. He is set to return to the field this weekend, despite facing a felony child abuse charge.

Some big advertisers are now jumping ship. Castrol Motor Oil says it is dropping its sponsorship of Peterson. Radisson pulled its advertising deal with the Vikings. One of the NFL's biggest sponsors Anheuser-Busch is still on board, but released a statement expressing its disappointment and increasing concern.

Ed Lavandera has new information on a second allegation of child abuse by Peterson involving a different child.

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September 15th, 2014
10:52 PM ET

Vikings clear Adrian Peterson to return to the field

Adrian Peterson will be back on the field, playing with the Vikings next weekend. The decision comes just days after he was benched following his indictment on a felony child abuse charge. Peterson released a statement on the way he punished his son, saying in part:

"The way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man..."

He is talking about a style of parenting that millions of Americans will recognize. It is also a style of parenting that's at the center of a national debate over what constitutes abuse. Ed Lavandera takes a closer look at the Peterson case.

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley weighed into the controversy surrounding Adrian Peterson saying:

"I'm from the south. Whipping is…we do that all the time. Every black parent in the south is going to be in jail under those circumstances. We have to be careful letting people dictate how we..you know treat their children."

 Anderson discussed all of this with children's advocate Areeva Martin, New York Times columnist Charles Blow and Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

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May 21st, 2014
10:38 PM ET

Jeremy Newberry: They knew… I wasn't going to get on the field without those drugs

A group of some 600 retired players are suing the NFL, alleging the league illegally and routinely supplied them with powerful and addictive drugs. They say the drugs were meant to mask pain, conceal injuries and keep them on the field. Jeremy Newberry is one of the players suing the NFL. He told Anderson he took pills and injections before nearly every game. Today he is suffering from kidney failure, which he attributes to the painkillers. But he says he was only warned that they would cause more bruising.

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February 14th, 2014
09:31 PM ET

Chansi Stuckey on NFL-commissioned report: "You can't have this type of thing going on and win championships"

The NFL-commissioned report is out on allegations of bullying by Miami Dolphins players. It is the result of an investigation that started after offensive tackle Jonathan Martin abruptly left the team last fall saying he was bullied by teammate Richie Incognito. The report finds three Dolphins starters,including Incognitoengaged in "a pattern of harassment." It also found Martin was not the only member of the Dolphins to face this sort of taunting.  Incognito’s lawyer is challenging the report calling it “replete with errors.” John Berman discussed all of this with former New York Jets wide receiver Chansi Stuckey and with CNN’s Rachel Nichols, host of Unguarded with Rachel Nichols.
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February 10th, 2014
10:12 PM ET

Jonathan Vilma on his comments about playing with a gay NFL teammate: "it is a poor example of me trying to demonstrate the dynamics of the locker room"

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma spoke with AC360 about his remarks on what he thinks it would be like to have a gay teammate. Two weeks ago, in an interview with the NFL Network, he questioned how an openly gay player would change the league's locker room culture. That was before former Missouri All-American defensive lineman Michael Sam, who is preparing for the NFL draft, revealed he is gay. John Berman spoke with Jonathan Vilma and former Minnesota Viking Chris Kluwe.

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January 6th, 2014
11:54 PM ET

Fmr NFL star Chris Kluwe speaks out about bigotry allegations

Chris Kluwe made big plays on the field as a punter for the Minnesota Vikings. He also made headlines for his support of same-sex marriage. Now Kluwe says his activism is really what's behind the Vikings decision to release him from the team. He discussed it with Anderson.

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October 25th, 2013
10:09 PM ET

Brett Favre: "I don't remember my daughter playing soccer" and Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses memory loss

After 20 years on the field, Brett Favre is one of the biggest names in NFL history. He took hit after hit in his 321 games, now Favre says he is suffering from memory problems. In a radio interview, Favre said for the first time in his life this "put a little fear in me." Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Rachel Nichols, host of the new CNN program "Unguarded" discussed Favre's revelation.


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