An agreement between the city of Boston and the United States Olympic Committee, published Wednesday after a public records request, appeared to prohibit Boston city workers from publicly criticizing the Olympics and its various organizing committees.

Boston Globe reporter Michael Levenson pointed to one particular section within the document — called a "Joinder Agreement" — that addressed the city's employees.

Section 2.05  The City, including its employees, officers and representatives, shall not make, publish or communicate to any Person, or communicate in any public forum, any comments or statements (written or oral) that reflect unfavorably upon, denigrate or disparage, or are detrimental to the reputation or statute of, the IOC, the IPC, the USOC, the IOC Bid, the Bid Committee or the Olympic or Paralympic movement. The City, including its employees, officers and representatives, shall each promote the Bid Committee, the USOC, the IOC Bid, US Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls and the Olympic and Paralympic movement in a positive manner.

 In response to the Joinder Agreement, a spokesman for Mayor Walsh wrote the following:

Mayor Walsh is not looking to limit the free speech of his employees and, as residents of Boston, he fully supports them participating in the community process. This was standard boilerplate language for the Joinder Agreement with the USOC that all applicant cities have historically signed.

Boston Public Radio cohosts Jim Braude and Margery Eagan opened the lines Wednesday to ask listeners if such agreements — regardless whether of "standard boilerplate language" — were appropriate, and whether the document is indicative of a too-secret nature of the Boston 2024 bid process.