This Tuesday morning, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross learned that his team is being punished by the National Football League for tampering. Ross himself is going to have to pay a significant fine, as well.
Due to "impermissible contact" with Tom Brady and Sean Payton several years ago, the NFL is fining Ross $1.5 million and suspending him through Oct. 17.
Ross has since issued a statement in response to the NFL's punishment decision, which also includes stripping the Dolphins of a 2023 first-round and 2024 third-round pick.
"The independent investigation cleared our organization on any issues related to tanking and all of Brian Flores other allegations," Ross said in a statement. "As I have said all along, these allegations were false, malicious and defamatory, and this issue is now put to rest. With regards to tampering, I strongly disagree with the conclusions and the punishment. However, I will accept the outcome because the most important thing is that there be no distractions for our team as we begin an exciting and winning season. I will no allow anything to get in the way of that."
It's clear Stephen Ross disagrees with the NFL's conclusions following a multi-month investigation. However, now the AFC East franchise can put this behind it and focus solely on the 2022 season.
The Dolphins begin the 2022 campaign on Sept. 11 against the New England Patriots.