Brian Flores: I am disappointed NFL investigation minimized Stephen Ross’ comments

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Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was singled out for praise in the NFL’s findings of its investigation into Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, but Flores believes the NFL should have gone further.

The NFL doesn’t dispute Flores’ explosive allegation that Ross said he would pay Flores $100,000 to lose, but the league says Ross was not making a serious offer. And the NFL says Ross expressed his belief that the Dolphins should prioritize a high draft pick in 2020 over winning in 2019, but that the Dolphins didn’t actually tank any games because Flores refused. Given that, Ross thinks the tanking investigation should have come down harder on Ross.

“I am thankful that the NFL’s investigator found my factual allegations against Stephen Ross are true,” Flores said in a statement today. “At the same time, I am disappointed to learn that the investigator minimized Mr. Ross’s offers and pressure to tank games, especially when I wrote and submitted a letter at the time to Dolphins executives documenting my serious concerns regarding this subject at the time, which the investigator has in her possession. While the investigator found that the Dolphins had engaged in impermissible tampering of ‘unprecedented scope and severity,’ Mr. Ross will avoid any meaningful consequence. There is nothing more important when it comes to the game of football itself than the integrity of the game. When the integrity of the game is called into question, fans suffer, and football suffers.”

Ross has been fined, suspended and docked two draft picks, but all of that was for tampering, not tanking. And Flores is making it clear that he thinks Ross got off easy.

35 responses to “Brian Flores: I am disappointed NFL investigation minimized Stephen Ross’ comments

  1. The Brian Flores era, no playoff appearances and a lost first round pick.

  2. He can now enjoy his gig in Pittsburgh.

    We Phin fans have already moved on. Losing that #1 for next year, isn’t nothing. That’s a big deal.

    As for the “tanking” nonsense. When they traded away Tunsil, it was made very clear it was a rebuild. From the ground up. We were under no illusions of winning games. In fact, many were upset we did win meaningless games.

  3. What the investigators found is that Ross wasn’t serious about offering Flores a $100k to tank. What it really means is that Flores is trying to exaggerate and exploit this for his own lawsuit. Even if Ross fired Flores for not tanking, it still doesn’t have anything to do with the color of his skin. Claiming everything is always racially motivated makes it harder for the folks who actually have a case.

  4. Ross paid his way out of this scandal by trading for Tyreek and giving him the bag. Classic misdirection. & it looks like Tom Brady’s next in line.

  5. Its time for the NFL to force Mr Ross out of the league, he has been a complete embarrassment for 14 years and running.

  6. There is a pecking order in the NFL. There are the owners and the league, then there is everyone else. Everyone else can and will receive severe punishment for any infractions, the owners are exempt from this.

  7. The NFL is starting to become insufferable with how little accountability there is. It’s a free for all of justice. Rigged. Corrupted. A disgrace.

  8. NFL message to Mr Ross: Mess with Brian Flores all you want. Fire him, smear his name, question his abilities and make it difficult to get rehired. But don’t mess with Tom Brady.

  9. No offense Brian, but if you want to coach for the “integrity of the game” then you should be coaching kids. The integrity of the game in the NFL was gone a long time ago.

  10. You said he said it, and the league said it agreed that they believed you that the owner may have suggested you lose, and that those conversations occurred, but then no money actually changed hands. If you had to do it over again I guess the smart thing would have been to have lost a game, and then demanded the payment which would have left a paper trail, and THEN you could have blown the lid off of this thing. Now if money had changed hands then we’re probably talking about an owner that would have been forced out

  11. Coach has plenty to say on this action but all was quiet when it came to Watson.

  12. Flores is a liar and is using the race card to try to fleece the NFL and the Dolphins. I am embarrassed that he is part of my Steelers coaching staff.

  13. melikefootball says:
    August 2, 2022 at 1:36 pm
    Coach has plenty to say on this action but all was quiet when it came to Watson.
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    He wasn’t Watson’s coach, had no involvement with him, so why should he make a comment? Not to mention commenting on a player under contract with another team would be tampering. Do you get it.

  14. If Brian was really sincere about this situation, he should have spoke up from day one. Don’t play by the rules, then when things fall out of favor for you, you cry wolf. And thank Tomlin for a handout. You may have the credentials, but you broke the code. Not everyone comes back from that.

  15. Flores’ lawsuit is a joke, no matter how much he and others are trying to pump it up into something big because it fits an agenda.

  16. “Everyone can receive severe punishment except owners”…. Deshawn Watson says; “hold my beer, watch this…”

  17. tiredofwinning says:
    August 2, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    NFL message to Mr Ross: Mess with Brian Flores all you want. Fire him, smear his name, question his abilities and make it difficult to get rehired. But don’t mess with Tom Brady.
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    You mis-spelled “Peyton Manning” and “NBA.” Brady got suspended for deflategate (a joke if you ask me) almost as long as Deshaun Watsin got suspended for what he did, and Brady lost more money than Watson, but I’m supposed to believe that the NFL protects Brady.

    When there was all kinds of evidence against Manning, the NFL ignored it like they were the NBA>

  18. God I love a good Belichick sleeper agent. More “accidental” texts please.

  19. Victim blaming. Wait so they said there was no commitment to tanking…because Flores didnt do it?

    Sounds like they confirmed everything he said and said ‘he was kidding’

  20. dryzzt23 says:
    August 2, 2022 at 1:50 pm
    Flores is a liar and is using the race card to try to fleece the NFL and the Dolphins. I am embarrassed that he is part of my Steelers coaching staff.
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    What is Coach Flores lying about? The league just confirmed that his statement about Ross offering payment for losses is true.

  21. Flores was obviously so upset that he didn’t come back for another season with the Dolphins. Oh wait. He did.

  22. One would think an NFL owner would file a lawsuit for damages to his reputation IF a coach made false accusations of tanking, right?

  23. skcusoirolf says:
    August 2, 2022 at 1:04 pm
    There goes Flores lawsuit down the tubes…
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    It proves his lawsuit. The NFL admits the conversation took place it just said it was not a serious offer. If it was not serious why would Flores have reported it to several people in Dolphins upper management? The NFL won’t admit to it they have a lawsuit on this very issue.

  24. Coach Flores, no matter what happens with your lawsuit, Steelers nation welcomes you and your contribution to the team. We have the elements of a truly great defense, and we hope you can inspire, motivate, encourage and teach these men to elevate them to work as a devastating, historic unit. Whatever happened before, this is the opportunity now. Grasp it and succeed. Look forward to the future. Pittsburgh is better in every way than some mosquito-ridden swamp in Florida because we eat, live and breath football and deeply appreciate the players and coaches who have created a history of greatness.

  25. Wow the racists just won’t admit the facts right before their eyes. First they said the offer never happened. Now that it’s proved that it did, it was not serious. The offer to Tom never happened but now that it’s proved that it did Flores is still a liar.

  26. The fact that escapes him is that it’s NOT a ‘black’ issue, or racism issue for that matter. Ross hired him to be head coach. Ross replaced with with another minority hire. Tanking in general has happened since the Dawn of the NFL with just about every single franchise at one point or another tanking either a game or two or even a season to land a top pick or several picks in order to turn a franchise around.

    This guy wants to sue everyone he’s ever come in contact with and blame it all on racism. I’ve seen white coaches fired for less. Look no further than Doug Peterson. He won a SuperBowl and was still fired two seasons later!

  27. “but the league says Ross was not making a serious offer. ” And I’m seriously supposed to believe this?!

  28. So Coach Brian was upset bc it didn’t work out for him, he sees he may have some dirt on the owner but it’s not enough to get a settlement, so, he goes for racial intimidation by laying an accusation on the owner bc that usually will make a guy give in and just do a settlement even when it’s not applicable.

    I’m sorry but that’s just dirty.

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