The National Football League is investigating the Miami Dolphins after former coach Brian Flores alleged in a recent lawsuit that team owner Stephen Ross offered him money to lose games in 2019.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, there’s a “belief that the league’s investigation will conclude that Ross did indeed make the offer” and he will ultimately be forced to sell the Miami Dolphins.
Florio adds that Ross apparently knows that the investigation will conclude with him being found guilty and is ready to claim he was just “joking”:
Ross apparently knows it. Already, there’s a sense emerging that Ross will claim he was joking. Beyond the fact that it’s one of those jokes with no obvious punchline, it’s also a topic on which joking probably shouldn’t occur, like joking about having a bomb on an airplane.
As one source opined, “I doubt Roger [Goodell] will have any sympathy for that defense.”
Last Wednesday during his Super Bowl press conference, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wouldn’t speculate on possible penalties, but he did make it clear that the allegations are as serious as they get.
“I couldn’t speculate on what they’ll be because we’ll have to find out what the facts are, what’s the outcome?” Goodell said Feb. 9. “And when we know what those facts are and the impact it has on our game, we’ll deal with it very seriously, just as we will if there’s any discrimination in the league. They will be dealt with very seriously.”