NFL commish Roger Goodell set memos to NFL teams warning them not to leak confidential information. While NFL fans have an insatiable appetite for draft informaiton, it is imperative that NFL teams protect private information concerning draft prospects. This issue comes up every year, typically over leaked Wonderlic Test scores. NFL teams have legitimate reasons to conduct extensive background checks. However, if they are going to acquire this information, NFL have a responsibility to ensure that players' rights are protected.
Last week Pro Football Weekly revealed that three top NFL prospects admitted marijuana use.
Goodell told USA Today, "I'm troubled by the breach of confidentiality. Whenever you get into these situations leading up to the draft, you have a lot of misinformation put out there...We've got to be very careful not to let information that is supposed to be confidential get distributed."