Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has broken his silence on the lawsuit and allegations made by his former head coach Brian Flores.
Ross said he takes “a major personal exception to these malicious attacks,” according to a statement from NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe. He and the team will also “fully cooperate” with a likely NFL investigation, according to the statement.
“Regarding the allegations by Brian Flores, I am a man of honor and integrity and cannot let them go without responding,” Ross addedExplanation. “I personally take great offense at these malicious attacks and the truth must be known.”
In the lawsuit, filed in federal court on Tuesday, Flores said Ross offered him a $100,000 per game bonus for each loss the Dolphins suffered during the 2019 season, Flores’ first as the team’s head coach.
Flores says he refused to go along with Ross’s tanking plan, which in turn led to his dismissal.
“I think it hurt my standing within the organization and ultimately that’s why I got fired,” he told CBS Mornings on Wednesday.
The league will investigate all of Flores’ allegations in depth. If Ross is blamed for any of the allegations against him, many will ask him to sell his Dolphins team.