By Lewis Gould
Former Commanders trainer Ryan Vermillion reached a deal with prosecutors Friday to avoid criminal charges for illegally distributing opioids to players.
According to court records filed in the case, Vermillion acknowledged storing and distributing drugs like oxycodone to Commanders players, often by retaining leftover pills from one player’s legitimate prescription and later giving them to another in “pill envelopes.”
He also asked team doctors to write prescriptions “to cover for the fact that he had provided controlled substances to players without a legitimate prescription,” according to a statement of facts filed in the case.
Vermillion will avoid charges in the case as long as he meets the terms of a deferred prosecution agreement, which will essentially place him under probation for the next calendar year.
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