One week after the Miami Dolphins were stripped of two premium draft picks for tampering with Tom Brady, Peter King took aim at the signal-caller for his role in the scandal.
Miami was forced to relinquish its first-round pick in 2023 and third-round selection in 2024 for having “impermissible communications” with Brady throughout his final season with the New England Patriots in 2019. Talks additionally ensued between both sides while the 45-year-old was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season.
Though Brady remains unpunished following the bombshell report, King believes the quarterback should not be exempt from blame.
“This makes Tom Brady look bad, obviously, like it’s OK for him to play by a different set of rules because he’s Tom Brady,” King wrote Monday in his “Football Morning in America” column. “Maybe he knew this was coming, and that’s why he’s had one press availability in training camp, and none since this news came down Tuesday. Whenever he does speak, this is going to be very hard to justify in any way.”
In addition to the loss of picks, the Dolphins will also be temporarily without their owner Stephen Ross, who was suspended until Oct. 17 and handed a $1.5 million fine for his part in the tampering. Albeit a harsh punishment, King argued the 82-year-old billionaire’s sanction could have been worse.
“Ross denied virtually everything and seemed outraged at his organization being found guilty of tampering. But he’s lucky the league’s investigation gave him a pass on what could have made the NFL force him to sell the team — charges by Brian Flores that the owner offered him $100,000 per game to lose in order to better their draft position,” King said. “The league couldn’t conclusively corroborate Flores’ tanking story, which saved Ross.”
As for Brady, he and the Dolphins will have an awkward reunion this Saturday at Raymond James Stadium when the Buccaneers host their first preseason game.