The NFL has charged former players with a number of crimes including burglary, tampering with evidence, tampering of records, obstruction of justice, and theft, the league announced Monday.
According to the league, the players will face felony and misdemeanor charges.
A spokesman for the attorney general’s office confirmed the charges against players but could not confirm that they were connected to the scandal.
The NFLPA had also been represented by a public defender, but that office is no longer representing the players, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement.
“The NFL Players Association will defend these players and their legal team vigorously,” McCarthy said.
“While we respect the legal process, we must also maintain the highest standards of integrity in our business.”
The charges were announced in connection with a $10 million settlement reached in March between the league and the NFL Players Union, which represented the players.
Under the settlement, the union agreed to not sue any players or teams in connection to the investigation into the alleged defacement of the league’s footballs, McCarthy said at the time.
“While we appreciate the NFLPA’s efforts to resolve the situation quickly, we believe this case is far more serious than the settlement,” McCarthy wrote in the statement.
“The NFLPA and its agents are committed to working diligently with the NFL and its clubs to hold these players accountable.”
The league also released a statement that read in part:Players who were arrested on charges related to the defacement and tampering of NFL footballs are being held without bond and are scheduled to appear in court in March.