Buffalo Bills Rival Caught Cheating; NFL Throws Down Punishment
The Buffalo Bills are 10 days into training camp at St. John Fisher University. The expectations are that the Bills will contend for not only the best record in the AFC, but perhaps the entire NFL, as they are the favorites to win the Super Bowl in February down in Arizona.
The Bills will battle in the AFC East with New England, Miami and the New York Jets.
Some predict the Patriots will fall back a bit and the Jets to improve on their record. As for the Dolphins, they have plenty of talent but an unknown at head coach (Mike McDaniel) and a question mark at quarterback (Tua Tagovailoa).
However, the Dolphins off the field are now engulfed in turmoil.
On Tuesday, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell shook the sports world by stripping the Miami Dolphins of their own 2023 first round pick and a 2024 third round pick, along with suspending owner Stephen Ross through October 17th and fining him/the team, $1.5 million.
The reason is due to unprecedented tampering, which the NFL found out to be true after an investigation that dated back to the winter.
The NFL states the Dolphins had impermissible communication with quarterback Tom Brady, dating all the way back to August of 2019 and continuing through the 2019 postseason, while he was still a member of the New England Patriots.
The league also discovered the Dolphins had impermissible communication with then New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
The NFL states these violations are related to the integrity of the game.
Essentially, what happened here is Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross tried to lure both Tom Brady and Sean Payton to the Dolphins. Things seemed to fall apart when former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores sued the Dolphins, the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and the NFL for unfair coach hiring tactics, limiting African American candidates.
Miami also wanted Brady to be in the front office.
The NFL, however, did not find truth to the Dolphins tanking games in 2019, which former head coach Brian Flores accused them of, when he stated Ross offered him $100k per loss that season.
The league says that the comment was taken out of context and was not meant to be serious, which is a rather peculiar part of the league's memo...
Ross' plan by the looks of it was to have Brady and Payton be the QB/HC tandem. That did not happen and now Miami will forfeit two draft picks.
When you read the findings, you almost expected the NFL to do more to the Dolphins.