It may have been 1:30 AM on the east coast, but that didn’t stop NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport from dropping a bombshell regarding the NFL’s investigation into Miami Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross and his most recent tanking allegations.
If tanking allegations are proven true, #Dolphins owner Stephen Ross would face severe discipline, up to and including Ross losing the team by a vote of fellow owners, sources say.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2022
My story: https://t.co/4wM3y9AsWT
Ross is accused of bribing former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores before the start of the 2019 season. Flores says Ross offered to pay him an additional $100,000 for every game the team lost. (Flores says he did NOT take the money)
According to an unnamed source in Rapoport’s article: “the probe has only just begun, and investigators plan to speak with all relevant parties — including Flores — as soon as possible. It’s clear the league takes the possibility of tanking extremely seriously — seeing it as a threat to the integrity of the game — with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell saying last Wednesday during his pre-Super Bowl LVI news conference that “if there were violations, they won’t be tolerated.”
The most noteworthy part of Rapoport’s late-night Super Bowl news dump was that Ross could be voted out by the other 31 NFL owners if found guilty.
Case in point: If the league investigation finds Ross offered Flores $100,000 for each loss during the 2019 NFL season, as Flores alleges, the discipline could be severe, up to and including Ross losing the team by a vote of fellow owners, per sources. Goodell addressed the concept of an owner being voted out last Wednesday, noting that “I do believe that clubs do have the authority to remove an owner from the league.“A league source confirmed that owners could, in fact, vote a fellow owner out under the most dire circumstances based on league rules, which would require a three-fourths vote.”
Maybe, I’m ignorant; But I’d much rather see Stephen Ross sell the Dolphins than the team punished and stripped of multiple draft picks. I’m just not confident a coach named Lance Bennett is enough evidence—especially considering his rumored close relationship with Coach Flores.
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