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Earlier this year, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stated that team owner Steven Ross wanted to pay Flores $100,000 for each loss in the 2019 season.
The allegations were enough for the league to investigate Ross. suspended for falsification with Tom Brady and Sean Peyton.
However, according to their runner coach, the tanking directive was never given to either Flores or anyone else.
“Top down, [the goal was] winning football matches and getting ready for the game has always been that way,” Eric Studeswill said on Wednesday. via ESPN. “That’s how I think this game is right. This is what we do, this is what I owe to the game, every time we have a chance to compete, we do our best. We never said anything other than that. “
The investigation did not find any evidence that the team deliberately failed. However, it was revealed that Ross believed that losing games was best for the team’s future and should take precedence over winning.
But “we’re just not wired that way. None of this has ever been made public,” Studesville added.
The Dolphins didn’t intentionally lose games in the 2019 season, the NFL said in a memo. No one at the club, including Mr. Ross, instructed coach Flores to do so. Not a single witness claimed otherwise. deteriorating Miami position in the 2020 draft.”
The NFL also stated that Ross’ courtship of Flores “was not intended or taken as a serious proposal and the matter was not discussed in any way by Mr. Ross or anyone else at the club.”
Flores’ lawsuit alleges that the league racially discriminated against him and other black coaches by preventing them from being hired as head coaches, general managers and other important positions on all league teams.
As a result of the investigation, Ross was fined $1.5 million and suspended for six games. The Dolphins also lost a first round pick in 2023 and a third round pick in 2024.