Did Bill Belichick push all the right strings to get the Miami Dolphins in trouble for tampering with Tom Brady?
Earlier today, the NFL announced they were dropping the hammer on the Dolphins and owner Stephen Ross after a tampering investigation revealed that they were having illegal conversation with Brady when he was still with the Patriots in 2019, and then again last season when he was a member of the Bucs.
As a result, Ross will be suspended, and the Dolphins will lose two crucial upcoming draft picks.
NFL stripped the Dolphins of their 2023 first-round draft pick and 2024 third-round pick for violating the integrity of the game.
Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross also suspended through Oct. 17 and fined $1.5 million.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2022
But perhaps Bill Belichick has something to do with all of this?
If you remember, the league started sniffing around the Dolphins after Brian Flores opened a discrimination lawsuit against the team. That was spearheaded when Belichick “mistakenly” texted Flores a congratulatory text for getting the Giants job, a text he really meant to send to former assistant Brian Daboll.
Now, people are convinced Belichick orchestrated this whole Dolphins mess.
bill belichick “accidentally” texting brian flores instead of brian daboll partly led his division rival losing a 1st round pick
chess not checkers
— Tej Seth (@tejfbanalytics) August 2, 2022
Belichick's master plan that began with a "mistake" text to Brian Flores is taking effect https://t.co/SScLQTSJN2
— Jerry Thornton (@jerrythornton1) August 2, 2022
Crazy how a text from Bill Belichick changed everything pic.twitter.com/3zfWCx38iH
— Nico (@elitetakes_) August 2, 2022
Again… we were a Bill Belichick accidental text away from Tom Brady being in a Dolphin uniform this season.
— Joe DiBiase (@SneakyJoeSports) August 2, 2022
Reminder that Bill Belichick's text message to Brian Flores triggered this whole investigation/ruling. Bill out here playing 4D Chess while the Dolphins were playing checkers. #ForeverNE
— ¹⁶💫 (@6965dead) August 2, 2022
Perhaps the Big Belichick text to Brian Flores really did end up making the league figure all this stuff out about the Dolphins. But it also seems like they did a pretty awful job of covering up the tampering.
The NFL probably would have still been able to create a case against the Dolphins for the way they contacted Tom Brady even without the Flores angle.
But it’s pretty amusing to think of this whole thing as a diabolical plan from Bill Belichick, so maybe we’ll just go with that.
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