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NFL Hits Dolphins with Huge Tampering Penalty

Stripping First-Round Draft Pick in 2023 Part of Punishment

The Miami Dolphins have not played a preseason game and already have taken a massive loss.

The NFL stripped Miami of two draft picks, including their 2023 first-round selection, suspended owner Stephen Ross through Oct. 17 and fined him $1.5 million after an investigation into alleged violations of league policies related to the integrity of the game.

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In addition to the first-round pick, the Dolphins also will forfeit their 2024 third-round selection.

Dolphins vice chairman/limited partner Bruce Beal was fined $500,000 and isn’t permitted to attend any league meeting for the rest of the 2022 season.

Per the Miami Herald:

Ross, who has also been fined $1.5 million, faced accusation in a lawsuit from former Dolphins coach Brian Flores that he incentivized losing and making prohibited contact with a “prominent quarterback” in 2020. The league’s investigation found that the team did not intentionally lose games during the 2019 season.

That prominent quarterback would be Tom Brady.

The NFL launched an investigation that spanned six months after Flores filed a lawsuit accusing Ross of offering $100,000 per loss to tank during the 2019 season. Flores also alleges Ross made contact with a “prominent quarterback” the winter of 2020 against NFL rules.


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