Stephen Michael Ross is an American real estate developer, philanthropist, and sports team owner.
Ross is the chairman and majority owner of The Related Companies, a global real estate development firm he founded in 1972.
Related is best known for developing the Time Warner Center, where Ross lives and works, as well as the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project.
Why was Dolphins owner suspended?
The NFL has suspended Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and fined him $1.5 million for tampering with Tom Brady and Sean Payton following a six-month investigation stemming from Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit against the league.
The Dolphins did not purposefully lose games during the 2019 season, according to the league’s investigation, but they did communicate improperly with Brady, Payton, and their agent Don Yee. The investigation’s results were released by the league on Tuesday.
A first-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft and a third-round pick in the 2024 draft will both be lost by the Dolphins. Ross is out till October 17.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement saying, “The investigators identified tampering breaches of unparalleled scale and severity.”
“I am unaware of any other case of a team breaking the rule against interfering with both a star player and head coach, perhaps to the prejudice of numerous other teams, over a period of years
In addition, I am unaware of any previous incident where ownership was so intimately connected to the infractions.
The Dolphins broke the league’s anti-tampering rule three times, according to the investigation’s findings.
While Brady was under contract to the New England Patriots from August 2019 until the 2020 postseason, the Dolphins had improper conversations with him.