‘Do Not Take the Injections They Give You,’ NFL Star Abruptly Retires With Chilling Warning

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NFL cornerback Byron Jones of the Miami Dolphins, who is a former All-Pro and Pro Bowl athlete, has abruptly retired.

“DO NOT take the pills they give,” Jones warned other athletes. “DO NOT take the injections they give you. If you absolutely must, consult an outside doctor to learn the long-term implications.”

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“Today I can’t run or jump because of my injuries sustained playing this game,” Jones added.

Jones missed the 2022 season for the Dolphins due to injury.

It’s unclear what pills and injections Jones is referring to. It’s reportedly common among NFL athletes to receive injections of cortisone and painkiller pills.

Dallas Cowboy linebacker Micah Parsons claims “95 percent” of the league pushes players to take painkillers.

“It was an honor and privilege to play in the NFL but it came at a regrettable cost I did not foresee,” Jones said.

“In my opinion, no amount of professional success or financial gain is worth avoidable chronic pain and disabilities.

“Godspeed to the draft class 2023.”