Former Washington head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion is entering a deferred prosecution agreement in U.S. District Court on Friday, Ben Standig of The Athletic and others report. The agreement will result in a statement of fact but no formal charges, they report.
The hearing stems from a probe conducted by federal law enforcement that was launched last fall, which included DEA agents raiding the team's practice facility in Ashburn and Vermillion's home in One Loudoun.
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera issued the following statement (via Ben Standig). In it, Rivera says that Vermillion's contract with the organization has been terminated and emphasizes that the U.S. government has viewed the organization as a "witness" all along, not as a "subject or target" of the investigation.
"I was recently made aware that Ryan Vermillion has entered into an agreement, pursuant to which he has admitted to wrongdoing, but will not be charged with any crime so long as he satisfies certain conditions over the next 12 months," Rivera said. "The situation is unfortunate and although it results in no criminal charges, it was necessary to move forward in a different direction. Ryan's employment has been terminated.
"I want to emphasize that the U.S. Government confirmed from the outset that it viewed the organization as a witness, and not as a subject or target of the investigation. We cooperated fully with federal investigators, and we will continue to cooperate with any supplemental League and NFLPA inquiry. We continue to be committed to the health and safety of our players, and Al Bellamy, his staff, and our team doctors have been tremendous. We're focused on the season ahead."
Washington initially put Vermillion on administrative leave in October 2021 following a raid of the team's practice facility conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Rivera claimed at the time to be unaware of the specifics of the raid, telling The Sports Junkies of 106.7 The Fan that he was out getting his car washed when the raid was being conducted.
As court records begin to leak, it is alleged that Vermillion knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully acquired and obtained possession of oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, through the use of misrepresentation, fraud and forgery, in part.
We will continue to provide updates as this story develops.