NFL suspends and fines Dolphins proprietor, removes two rookies from crew

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The NFL has suspended and fined Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and stripped the team of two draft picks, the league announced Tuesday.

Ross was suspended until October 17. and removed from all NFL committees. He was fined $1.5 million, the league said. The Dolphins lose their first-round pick in next year’s draft and a third-round pick in 2024.

The fines followed allegations of tampering and padding against the league, which was carried out directed by Mary Jo White, former US attorney and chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. The investigation began after former Miami coach Brian Flores accused the Dolphins. in a racial discrimination lawsuit against the NFL and teams offering him $100,000 to lose a game in 2019. in the season, thus aiming to improve the position of the new.

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An investigation found the Dolphins had “unauthorized communications” with quarterback Tom Brady in 2019 and 2020 when he signed with the New England Patriots. The team also had unauthorized communications with Brady and his agent, Don Yee, in 2021. during and after the season the quarterback spent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and in 2022 in January with Yee over coaching client Sean Payton, the NFL said.

“Investigators have found tampering violations of an unprecedented scale and severity,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a written statement. “I don’t know of a single case where a team has violated the ban on a head coach and player who could harm several other clubs over the years. Nor am I aware of a previous case where ownership is so directly linked to infringement.

The investigation found that the Dolphins “did not lose a game on purpose in 2019.” season,” the NFL said.

“Each club is expected to make an honest effort to win every game,” Goodell said. “The integrity of the game and public trust in professional football demand nothing less. The owner or senior manager must understand the importance of his words and the risk that the comment will be taken seriously and acted upon, even if that is not the intention or expectation.

“Even if joking and not intended to be taken seriously, comments suggesting that the new position is more important than winning can be misconstrued and pose an unnecessary potential risk to the integrity of the game.” Mr. Ross’s comments did not dampen Coach Flores’ commitment to winning, and the Dolphins competed to win every game. Coach Flores is to be commended for not allowing any comments about the relative importance of the new position to affect his commitment to winning throughout the season.

The Dolphins released a written statement from Ross on Tuesday afternoon.

“An independent investigation has cleared our organization of any questions regarding the tanks and all of Brian Flores[’s] other charges,” Ross said in a statement. “As I have said all along, these allegations were false, malicious and defamatory, and the matter is now put to rest.” Regarding the forgery, I totally disagree with the findings and the sentence. However, I will accept the result as the most important thing is that our team is not disturbed as we start an exciting and winning season. I won’t let anyone get in the way of that.”

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