OOH! The NFL Busts the Dolphins for Tampering With Sean Payton and Tom Brady

The NFL fined and suspended Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, and took away two draft picks, per "The Dolphins will forfeit a first-round selection in the 2023 NFL draft and a third-round selection in the 2024 draft. Ross is suspended through Oct. 17."

Brian Flores started the fun by sending a letter to Dolphins executives stating that Ross suggested on several occasions that draft position was more important than win-loss record. Per the article, "investigators said there are differing recollections about the wording, timing, and context of Flores' claim of a $100,000-a-game offer from the club to tank, but it 'was not intended or taken to be a serious offer, nor was the subject pursued in any respect' by Ross or anyone else at the club." Oh, no doubt.

Regarding Payton, "the Dolphins had impermissible communications with Yee about having Payton serve as Miami’s head coach. The Dolphins did not seek consent from New Orleans to have these discussions, which occurred before Payton announced his decision to retire from the Saints. Miami requested permission to speak to Payton for the first time after that announcement but New Orleans declined to grant it."

Apparently, Ross wants to win by all means necessary. For once, the NFL decided that its integrity must be defended, though Flores feels it was insufficient.

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