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NFL fines Dolphins for unauthorized conversations with Tom Brady and Sean Payton

The NFL sanctioned the Miami Dolphins with two college picks in upcoming drafts, in addition to fining team owner Stephen Ross $1.5 million for gam

NFL fines Dolphins for unauthorized conversations with Tom Brady and Sean Payton


The NFL sanctioned the Miami Dolphins with two college picks in upcoming drafts, in addition to fining team owner Stephen Ross $1.5 million for game integrity violations.

According to the investigation carried out by the NFL, the Miami team had unauthorized communications with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback in 2019 and 2020, when he still had a contract with the Patriots, and the former coach of the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton in 2022.

The NFL also found that the Dolphins “again had impermissible communications with both Mr. Brady and his agent during and after the 2021 season while he was under contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.”

The sanctions

These are the sanctions that were imposed on the Miami Dolphins for the investigation carried out on the institution for violations of the integrity of the game, as well as for the lawsuit filed by Brian Flores, former coach of the team.

-The Dolphins will lose their first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and their third-round pick in 2024.

-Owner Stephen Ross is suspended until October 17, 2022. During this time he will not be able to be present on the premises nor will he be able to represent the club at any team or league event. In addition, he is barred from attending any league meetings before the 2023 owners’ annual meeting, he is removed from all committees indefinitely and fined $1.5 million.

-Bruce Beal, the team’s vice president and limited partner, is fined $500,000 and is barred from attending any league meetings this season.

ross fights back

The owner of the team, Stephen Ross, defended himself against the accusations and ruled that “those accusations were false, malicious and defamatory”; however, he will abide by any sanctions to avoid distractions in the organization.

The Miami Dolphins are preparing for the start of the regular season in September. On August 13 they will play their first preseason match, curiously against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.