Supply: WFT coach faces prescription drug probe


ASHBURN, Va., — The Drug Enforcement Company’s investigation into Washington Football Team coach Ryan Vermillion facilities on the distribution of pharmaceuticals, a supply confirmed to ESPN.

As a coach, and never a doctor or nurse practitioner, Vermillion wouldn’t be allowed to offer out pharmaceuticals in keeping with federal legislation. Nor can a doctor distribute them the place they’re unauthorized to observe.

Washington’s WRC-TV first reported this growth.

The DEA raided Vermillion’s workplace on the Washington facility in addition to his house final Friday afternoon. Washington coach Ron Rivera mentioned he was not on the facility on the time, however a number of gamers have been nonetheless round. Vermillion was placed on administrative leave by the group on Monday.

Vermillion labored with Rivera for 9 seasons in Carolina and joined him in Washington in January of 2020. Washington’s chief medical officer is Anthony Casolaro and Chris Annunziata is the top doctor. Bubba Tyer, who was the crew’s coach within the Nineteen Seventies by 2009, has come out of retirement to supply assist.

In 2014, the DEA randomly checked a number of NFL medical staffs at airports following a sport — Tampa Bay, San Francisco and Seattle — as a part of an investigation surrounding drug distribution with out prescriptions. The Transportation Safety Administration additionally was a part of the search.

In line with an Associated Press report at the time, brokers requested documentation from the visiting groups’ medical staffs for managed substances they possessed. Additionally they wished proof that medical doctors might observe medication within the house crew’s state.

That search stemmed from a lawsuit earlier that spring on behalf of ex-NFL gamers. The variety of plaintiffs at the moment, in keeping with the AP, was greater than 1,200.

The NFLPA issued an announcement on Wednesday that it had despatched a proper request to the NFL for info relating to the substance of the investigation, calling it a well being and security concern.

Washington issued an announcement saying the investigation was not “associated to the crew.”