The NFL stripped the Miami Dolphins of two draft picks and suspended and fined owner Stephen Ross after an investigation into allegations of tampering and tanking found that his team had impermissible contact with star quarterback Tom Brady and the agent of former Saints coach Sean Payton. Oh boy.
The investigation concluded that the Dolphins violated anti-tampering rules on three occasions, the league announced on Tuesday. The investigation also found that the team did not intentionally lose games, known as tanking, but noted that Ross repeatedly suggested that the team should prioritize its draft position over winning games during the 2019 season, the release said. Yikes !!!
As punishment, the Dolphins will forfeit their first-round pick in the 2023 draft and a third-round pick in the 2024 draft. Ross is suspended through October 17, six games into the 2022 season, and fined $1.5 million, the release said.
This news sent shockwaves all across South Florida and I reacted on podcast with Fox Sports 640’s Stephen Diener who called yesterday’s news “the most Dolphin thing ever”.