true 1, dolphin 0.
A final score is at least in the account of Deshan Watson’s lawyer. This includes ethical questions and a loss of credibility for the Miami Dolphins, but not the larger legal and league issues involving team owner Steve Ross in former coach Brian Flores’ lawsuit.
Fundamental truth is at the center of every story. Last November, general manager Chris Grier stood up to reporters and angrily denied a report, with the team demanding nondisclosure agreements from 22 women, including allegations of sexual misconduct against Watson, before being traded for the then-Houston quarterback. was alleged.
Grier called the report “absolutely and clearly false.” It was so outrageous, “It pisses me off,” Grier said.
One more thing: According to Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, it was all true. Dolphins are the ones who are lying by his account. Team owner Steve Ross held the conversation, Hardin told 610-AM Radio in Houston.
“Coach in Miami” [Flores] There was someone that Deshan liked,’ Hardin said. “He liked the team. He was biting just to get back into football and get all this garbage behind him and so we were told, ‘I want to go to Miami.'”
At the trade deadline last November, the Dolphins were the only team that was interested due to Watson’s problems.
“Miami was an outlier,” Hardin said. “The Miami boss says, ‘I’ll take my chances on criminal incidents but I have to settle all twenty-two cases and get a non-disclosure agreement or I won’t,'” Ross says.
Hardin negotiated 20 non-disclosure agreements.
“Ross Said If I Don’t Have All 22 Sign Up And Privacy Agreement” [he wouldn’t do it]Because I don’t want everyone to talk about this season after season and season after season,” Hardin said.
So Ross didn’t trade. He couldn’t shut everyone down. This includes ethical questions about the involvement of women and sexual allegations and questions of management as to why he would attempt to clean up an oil spill that was still spreading.
While criminal issues have disappeared for Watson, there are now 24 women accusing him of sexual misconduct.
Here’s the second question: Did Grier know what Ross was doing? Did the General Manager lie about the Dolphins and NDA or did Ross betray him about his efforts?
This is an important issue for what’s next on the dolphin docket. Everyone in the organization has wagons about Flores’ allegation that Ross offered the former coach $100,000 for each loss in 2019.
It is part of Flores’s larger lawsuit against the league over racial discrimination. Ross issued a statement calling the allegations “false, malicious and defamatory.” He promised to protect his “personal integrity.”
That undetermined court date is the biggest game for the Dolphins this year. Ross’s ownership is at stake. It’s one thing to perpetuate lies in a bubble world of fans and media as the Dolphins did in Watson’s case.
Involving game-fixing issues in a court of law is completely different from lying. The danger of just what it could mean could be driving the dream team of coach Sean Peyton and quarterback Tom Brady away from getting into the Dolphins this off-season.
This matter will not come in the account of any lawyer on talk radio. Flores has spoken on the radio, on television – everywhere he can spread what he believes happened.
What can he prove in court? He has already amended the lawsuit to include a memo he sent to several Dolphins officials during the 2019 season. In this, Ross wished to deliberately lose the game.
“Mr. Flores detailed the toxicity that exists within the organization and the unfair position played by the ownership and management of the team,’ the lawsuit states.
Among those who received the memo: Grier, CEO Tom Garfinkel and Senior Vice President Brandon Shore. What did they do, if anything? Whom did he alert, if any?
If the Watson chapter showed how the Dolphins have no problem lying out loud on a big story, Flores’ accusations would test that idea again with bigger stakes.
Lying about Watson and you lose credibility. Lying about Flores and you lose the team.