NFL suspends Dolphins owner, strips 2023 first-round team for Tom Brady, Sean Payton tampers

Six months after the old dolphins coach Brian Flores has accused team owner Stephen Ross of basically bribing him to lose matches for a better draft position, the NFL temporarily stripped Miami of Ross and premium draft picks, NFL Media Reports. Commissioner Roger Goodell informed the franchise on Tuesday that a league investigation found that Ross had at least hinted that he would prioritize draft picks over a winning record in 2019, and that he had had inadmissible repeated communications with both. Tom Brady and Sean Payton trying to recruit big names to his team. As a result, Ross was fined $1.5 million and suspended until Oct. 17, while the Dolphins must give up their 2023 first-round pick and 2024 third-round pick for ” violation of the integrity of the game”.

The NFL investigation found the Dolphins did not intentionally lose games in 2019, when the team finished 5-11, and could not support Flores’ notable claim that Ross offered him 100 $000 for every loss this season: “(There) are varying recollections about the wording, timing and context (of the remark). Regardless of the wording, such comment was not intended or considered an offer serious, and the subject was not pursued in any respect by Mr Ross or anyone else at the club, he did, however, confirm that Ross had repeatedly suggested to Flores, team chairman Tom Garfinkel and general manager Chris Grier that the 2020 draft positioning should trump a better 2019 win total. Ross’ comments, Goodell wrote, “even if made in jest … carry a unnecessary potential risk”.

More than the tanking allegations, the NFL in its decision Tuesday insisted on the Dolphins’ contact with Brady and Payton, citing “tampering violations of unprecedented scope and severity.” The investigation, led by former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, found Ross and the Dolphins had ‘unconscionable communications’ with Brady on two separate occasions – the first in 2019, as early as August of this season , while the quarterback played for the rival. patriots; and again during and after the 2021 season, before Brady retired, then returned to the Buccaneers. “These discussions … have focused on Brady becoming a limited Dolphins partner and possibly a football executive,” the inquest revealed, “although at times they also included the possibility of him playing for the Dolphins.”

The NFL investigation revealed that Ross and the Dolphins also illegally contacted Don Yee, Payton’s agent, in January when the Saints Coach was still employed by New Orleans: “Miami did not seek New Orleans’ consent to have these discussions, which took place before Coach Payton announced his decision to retire as head coach of the Saints,” the NFL said. “Following this announcement, Miami requested permission to speak to Coach Payton for the first time, which New Orleans refused to grant.”

While serving his suspension, Ross is not permitted to be present at the Dolphins facility or represent the club at any team or NFL event. He is also prohibited from attending league meetings prior to the 2023 NFL Annual Owners Meeting, or any communications from the league committee. Bruce Beal, Vice President of the Dolphins, was also banned from attending league meetings for the remainder of the 2022 season and was fined $500,000.

Ross since issued its own statement regarding the punishment, downplaying the tampering charges while celebrating a victory over the Flores tanking allegations: “The independent investigation has cleared our organization of any issues related to tanking and all other Brian Flores allegations. As I l I have always said, these allegations were false, malicious and defamatory, and this matter is now resolved. Regarding the tampering, I strongly disagree with the findings and the punishment. However, I will accept the result as the most important is that there are no distractions for our team as we begin an exciting and winning season and I won’t let anything stand in the way.

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