Miami Dolphins punished for illegal Tom Brady and Sean Payton talks but cleared of throwing games

An NFL investigation found that the Miami Dolphins violated the league’s anti-rigging policy three times: twice with Tom Brady and once with Sean Payton; In 2019, dolphins were acquitted of charges of intentionally abandoning games.

The Miami Dolphins were punished for illegally talking to Tom Brady and Sean Payton, but suspended from throwing games.

They also contacted then-New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton’s agent without the team’s permission.

However, the Dolphins were cleared of charges of deliberately dumping games in the 2019 season, and the investigation found no evidence to support former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores’ claim that he was offered money for deliberately losing games to improve his position. draft teams. 2020.

The NFL suspended Dolphins owner Stephen Ross until October 17 and fined him $1.5 million. The Dolphins are also forfeiting a first-round pick from the 2023 NFL Draft and a third-round pick from the 2024 NFL Draft.

Dolphins vice chairman and partner Bruce Beal was also fined $500,000 and unable to attend any league meetings for the rest of the year.

“Investigators have found violations of unprecedented scale and severity regarding fraud,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

“I don’t know of a single case where a team has violated the ban on interference in the activities of both the head coach and the star player for several years, with the potential damage to several other clubs.

“Similarly, I don’t know of any previous case where property rights were so directly involved in violations.”

Former coach Flores also issued a statement thanking NFL investigators, but also expressed disappointment that Ross was not found guilty of forcing him to “tank” in games.

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