Merril Hoge, ESPN Announcer and NFL Player, Sues Monsanto
Merril Hoge, an NFL player and an analyst for ESPN, has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto in federal court, the company that manufactures the weed killer Roundup™. Hoge, 54, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003. His lawyer said Hoge, who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, worked on farms throughout his life in his native Pocatello, Idaho. Hoge mixed and used Roundup™ on a weekly basis, according to the federal claim. The lawsuit was filed in an Idaho district court on July 3, 2019. Hoge’s claim says that he incurred significant non-economic and economic damages due to the effects of exposure to glyphosate. He was treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has since been in remission for 16 years.