Former Washington trainer Ryan Vermillion agrees to deferral of prosecution in DEA investigation

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Former Washington head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion has reached a deal with federal prosecutors to resolve a criminal investigation into his activities while he worked for the team.

Vermillion was the subject of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency concerning the distribution of prescription drugs. The team put him on administrative leave last year and Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post reports that he agreed to a deferral of prosecution agreement in a Virginia court on Friday morning.

Commanders head coach Ron Rivera issued a statement regarding Vermillion’s agreement and confirmed that his employment has been terminated.

“I was recently made aware that Ryan Vermillion has entered into an agreement, pursuant to which he has admitted to wrongdoing, but not be charged with any crime, so long as he satisfies certain conditions over the next 12 months,” Rivera said in the statement. “The situation is unfortunate and although it resulted 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.”

The Commanders hired Al Bellamy as their new head trainer in April.

7 responses to “Former Washington trainer Ryan Vermillion agrees to deferral of prosecution in DEA investigation

  1. What’s the difference from this guy handing out drugs and a dealer on the street doing the same thing? Has a street dealer ever given the chance to admit to their wrongdoing but not be charged with a crime?

  2. weird, and i thought they’d been on the up’n’up for the last two years, i mean they do say that ALL THE TIME

  3. As a Washington fan who’s suffered through Snyder’s ownership and can attest to how horrible we are under him, it’s not really fair to call this guy “Washington’s Trainer”. He literally didn’t have time to do a day on the job before the Feds were on him. So, while we have many problematic people who’ve come through here, it’s unfair to nail this one to us.

  4. What’s the difference from this guy handing out drugs and a dealer on the street doing the same thing? Has a street dealer ever given the chance to admit to their wrongdoing but not be charged with a crime?

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    Yes. It happens alot. They want the top guy not the bottom guy. In many federal cases these are very typical deals as long as they stay clean and cooperate. But yes, prolly not doing deals with lifetime offenders.

  5. Folks need to read tge entire case, this guy just got to Washington when they found that he had done the things he had, all accounts of his wrong doings were at other teams, the headlines like to tie it to Washington because of the work place misconduct to continue to bury the organization such as with the team name and logo, however many teams were named in the Native American name and logo removal, however the push was dropped by the media after Washington changed. The same applies with the work place misconduct, you have a team owner trusting folks that he hired to provide the work place environment, Snyder was dogged for years in having to much involvement in the team and micromanagement that was the result of the teams problems on and off the field, then he backs out, Snyder hires general managers and presidents to run the team while he backs out, but is now under fire for his allowance of this to take place in his work environment. Snyder has garnered more hate and pressure for his removal for being an owner of a team that allowed misconduct, while a player who had one on one contact with his complaining victims and receives an 11 game suspension and 5 million dollar fine. Has no where near the media pressure or push for his full removal from the game such as Snyder. The media can pile it on, but sometimes we have to review the true information ourselves.

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