Former ESPN analyst Merril Hoge, who played seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, may be the most prominent among the 18,400 plaintiffs suing the manufacturer of Roundup for causing their cancers. In his filing, which was submitted to a federal court in Idaho this month and came to light yesterday, the 54-year-old says he suffers permanent “physical pain and mental anguish” rooted in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Monsanto parent company Bayer insists the chemical is safe.
How was Hoge exposed? His lawyer says the former running back, diagnosed in 2003, regularly mixed or sprayed the chemical while working on farms during his youth.