Roger Goodell has issued a reminder that information teams collect in the pre-draft process is to remain private.
This comes on the heels of a report earlier this week that Morris Claiborne, the LSU cornerback considered the best at his position in the draft, scored a 4 on the Wonderlic test.
Albert Breer of the NFL Network shared a memo that Goodell distributed to all 32 teams, reminding them of the rules and potential strict discipline:
“As we near our annual college player draft, please be reminded that certain information obtained during preparations for the Draft, including personal and family details, results of drug tests, scores on the Wonderlic test, and the like, are strictly confidential for club use only and are not to be disseminated publicly under any circumstances. Disclosing this confidential information about draft-eligible players to the public can be extremely damaging to players, clubs, and the league,” Goodell wrote.
“Bear in mind that the publicly-disclosed information is frequently inaccurate, incomplete or misleading, and often results from an effort of an individual to advance a self-interested goal. What is lost in the pursuit of that goal is concern for the reputation and well-being of the young men who have worked so hard to reach their own goal of becoming an NFL player and concern for the reputation of the NFL and our game.
“You should be reminded that disclosure of inappropriate private or confidential information concerning draft-eligible players is conduct detrimental to the league and will be met with significant discipline when a violation can be established. Please ensure that all members of your club who have access to such information understand their obligations and take steps to prevent its dissemination.”
It seems like there are leaks of some type every spring. Sometimes the names of players who have failed drug tests at the combine circulate. Sure, it’s against the rules but finding the leak would be a very challenging thing for Goodell and his office.
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