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Roger Goodell Releases Statement To Address Miami Dolphins Punishment

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This Tuesday morning, the NFL announced significant punishments for the Miami Dolphins. It all stems from the franchise's tampering with both Tom Brady and Sean Payton several years ago. 

The Dolphins are getting stripped of their first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and third-round pick in 2024. Owner Stephen Ross is also being suspended through Oct. 17 and will have to pay a $1.5 million fine. 

Just moments ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement to address the punishment decision.

"Investigators found tampering violations of unprecedented scope and severity," said Goodell. "I know of no prior instance of a team violating the prohibition of tampering with both a head coach and star player, to the potential detriment of other clubs, over a period of several years."

With that being said, the NFL's investigation only found tampering violations. The League did not determine the Dolphins were purposefully tanking games. 

"NFL also determined 'the Dolphins did not intentionally lose games during the 2019 season. Nor did anyone at the club, including Mr. Ross, instruct Coach Flores to do so. No witness contended otherwise.' Today's penalties are all about tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton," wrote Schefter.

The Dolphins broke League rules and are now paying the price.