The NFL decided to penalize the Miami Dolphins and its owner Stephen Ross on Tuesday for negotiating with Tom Brady without his team’s authorization.
The National Football League (NFL) forfeited the 2023 first-round Draft from the Miami Dolphins and suspended team owner Stephen Ross for violating the league’s anti-tampering policy on Tuesday, but said the team intentionally did not lose any games during the 2019 season.
the tampering is the act of negotiating with a player from another team without having the necessary prior authorization, outside the period initially planned for transfers.
The Dolphins had “prohibited communications” with star QB Tom Brady while playing for the New England Patriots in 2019 and then in 2021 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the findings of the investigation, led by the former American lawyer and president of the SEC Mary Jo White.
The Florida franchises must therefore give up their 2023 first-round pick and their 2024 third-round pick, the league announced. Ross was fined $1.5 million and will be banned from representing the club at any NFL event until October 17.
“The most important thing is that there are no distractions for our team as we embark on an exciting and winning season. I won’t let anything stand in the way. »said in Stephen Ross in a statement.
However, the NFL said Miami did not intentionally lose games – or tank to boost its draft chances – during the 2019 season, as alleged by former head coach Brian Flores.