Ross could be forced to sell Dolphins over Flores claims


Stephen Ross has vehemently denied the allegations against him in the Brian Flores lawsuit, but the Miami Dolphins owner could face serious consequences if the NFL determines he is lying.

Flores filed a discrimination lawsuit against the NFL and three of its teams two weeks ago. In it, the former Dolphins coach claims Ross tried to go to great lengths to get a high draft pick in 2019. According to Flores, Ross offered $100,000 per loss and basically told Flores to stop working so hard. Flores also claimed that Ross pressured him to meet with a top quarterback in violation of NFL tampering rules.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed before the Super Bowl that the league would investigate Flores’ claims. He also said he believes NFL owners have the authority to exclude another owner if circumstances warrant. NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Ross could face that nuclear option depending on what the investigation reveals.

Rapoport confirmed that NFL owners have the power to elect an alternate owner “in the most dire of circumstances.” They would need a three-quarters vote. While that outcome seems unlikely, it can’t be ruled out if the NFL determines Ross offered to pay his coach for the losses. Tanking through roster building is one thing, but financially incentivizing losses would be like fixing games.

Flores’ camp claims to have proof that Ross made the bonus offer, but Ross doesn’t seem concerned at all. For what it’s worth, Miami’s new head coach insists he’s not worried either.




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