Earlier this week, news broke that federal law enforcement reportedly raided the Washington Football Team’s INOVA Sports Performance Center in Ashburn, VA in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation involving head athletic trainer and director of sports medicine Ryan Vermillion, who has since been placed on administrative leave by the team.
On Thursday, the NFL Players Association sent a notice to agents stating that they are investigation the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) raid on the office and home of Vermillion. They have also called on all players who may be called by the DEA to contact their legal department first before replying.
“If your client is contacted by the DEA or any federal government entity, please immediately contact the NFLPA legal department or agent administration department, and we will assist the player with next steps,” the notice said. “The NFLPA has formally noticed the NFL that we have opened an investigation into the matter since it involves an NFL Club senior medical staff member and relates to players’ health, safety, and medical care.”
So far there have been no charges that have been filed. Vermillion is in his second year with the Washington Football Team after spending the previous 18 years with the Carolina Panthers.