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Dolphins lose two draft picks, Stephen Ross suspended

Trill Williams
Miami Dolphins cornerback Trill Williams (6) grabs a pass during drills at the NFL football team’s practice facility, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

(MIAMI GARDENS, FLA) — As football kicks off this week with the Hall of Fame game, the Miami Dolphins have been dealt a blow by the NFL.

The league is punishing the Miami Dolphins and the team’s owner for having “impermissible communications” with quarterback Tom Brady starting in 2019.

As a result, the Dolphins lose a first-round draft pick in 2023 and a third-round pick in the 2024 draft.

Team owner Stephen Ross is also suspended through October 17th of this year and being fined $1.5 million dollars for improperly communicating with Tom Brady.

He won’t be allowed around the team or any league functions.

The league says the Dolphins tampered with Tom Brady in 2019 and with Sean Payton in January of this year.

According to the NFL, the tampering with Brady started in August of 2019 while he was still a member of the Patriots.

In January of this year they spoke with Payton about their coaching vacancy without requesting permission from the Saints, when he was still under contract.

The investigation also revealed the team didn’t intentionally lose games in 2019 to improve a Draft position.