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The charges are 'false, malicious and defamatory'

The charges are ‘false, malicious and defamatory’

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has broken his silence on the lawsuits brought against him and the organization in a A lawsuit filed by former coach Brian Flores.

Flores also says in the lawsuit, which centered on the NFL’s alleged discriminatory hiring practices Ross offered him a $100,000 reward per game For tank matches during his tenure as a coach. Flores coached the Dolphins for three seasons and went 24-25 before being fired after a 9-8 season in 2022.

Ross personally disputed Flores’ allegations in a statement released late Wednesday night after Dolphin had already said it “strongly denies any allegations of racial discrimination.”

“Regarding the allegations made by Brian Flores, I am a man of honor and integrity and cannot allow them to stand without responding,” Ross said. “I personally rely on these malicious attacks, and the truth must be known. His allegations are false, malicious and defamatory.

“We understand that there have been media reports that the NFL intends to investigate his allegations, and we will fully cooperate. I welcome the investigation and am keen to defend my personal integrity and that of the entire Miami Dolphins, from these baseless, unfair, and verifiable allegations. “.

Flores also alleges that Ross pressured him to recruit a top quarterback in violation of NFL rules in the winter of 2020. That quarterback was Tom Brady, according to the Palm Beach Post.

“[T]The lawsuit alleges that he’s been writing on the wall since Flores’ first season as Dolphins head coach, when he refused to direct his owner to “Tank” first pick in the draft.” In fact, during the 2019 season, Miami owner Stephen Ross told Mr. Flores that he would pay His $100,000 for each loss, and the team’s general manager, Chris Greer, told Flores that Stephen was crazy about it. Mr Flores’ success in winning matches that year was a “compromise” [the team’s] position project. “

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The Dolphins missed quarterback Joe Burrow with the first-choice, after moving 5-11, to the 2-14 Bengals – who are now in the Super Bowl. Miami chose their current quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, as fifth.