Merril Hoge, ESPN football analyst, and former NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears player alleged in a law suit. He alleges that Roundup weed, manufactured by Monsanto, caused him Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). In the US, the NHL is the seventh most common cause of cancer-related deaths. It is a type of cancer that occurs in a subset of white blood cells, which are known as lymphocytes. Lymphocytes are one of the main immune cells of the body. They are prepared in the bone marrow and found in the lymph and blood tissue. There are two categories of lymphoma: Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The exact cause of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma is not known. It is associated with multiple medical conditions. This includes inherited immune deficiencies, Sjögren’s syndrome, down syndrome, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Psoriasis, and others.
The former player was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in 2003. At the time he was an ESPN football analyst. He underwent through series of chemotherapy treatments. On July 3, 2019, he has filed the lawsuit in US District Court in Idaho. The native of Hoge is Idaho and he uses to work on a potato farm where he mixed and sprayed Roundup weed regularly. Hoge claims that he has incurred significant damages, economic as well as non-economic. The exposure to Roundup weed caused damages to the football analyst. Though the former player survived the ordeal, he has been suffering from enduring mental anguish and physical pain.
One of the Hoge’s lawyers, Joseph Osborne said that his client didn’t link his diagnosis to the Roundup weed earlier. The studies questioning the product safety reminded him of the exposure. In June 2018, Monsanto was acquired by German conglomerate Bayer. The lawsuit follows around three multimillion judgments against Monsanto in the US. In May 2019, Monsanto has been ordered by a jury in Northern California to pay more than 2 bn US$ to a couple. The couple claimed that Roundup weed caused them cancers. Bayer argues that studies show that glyphosate is safe. According to EPA, a statement issued in April states that glyphosate, when used in accordance, have no risks to public health. According to Bayer, the number of plaintiffs over Roundup in the US increased to 18,400. Osborne said his client has to live the rest of his life in fear that it could return. He didn’t drink nor he smokes. He has no family history of lymphoma and took good care of his body. He is dealing with the possibility that his cancer may return and the effects of chemotherapy on a regular basis.