The NFL Players Association has applied to the NFL to learn more about the criminal investigation involving Washington football head coach Ryan Vermillion.
Citing health and safety concerns, union officials said they believed they should be given as much information as possible as the investigation unfolded.
“We believe this situation has a direct impact on the health and safety of players,” the NFLPA said in a statement. “The NFLPA has insisted on language in our collective agreement that requires clubs to adhere to all state and federal laws and regulations. We are eager to learn more so that we can protect our players. “
The DEA raided team Washington headquarters and Vermillion’s home last Friday afternoon as part of its investigation. The search of Washington’s facility in Ashburn, Virginia came after the DEA spoke to several Vermillion players.
Washington released a statement on Monday, saying the investigation was unrelated to the team.
Vermillion joined the Washington squad last year, following head coach Ron Rivera from Carolina, where the two worked together for nine seasons.
Rivera declined to share details of the investigation on Monday, instead referring to the team’s statement.
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