ANNOUNCES PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION
Coach Reid & GM Dorsey Fined; Club to Forfeit
Draft Choice & 2017 Sixth-Round Choice
NFL Executive Vice President of Football
Operations TROY VINCENT today advised the Kansas City Chiefs of the
discipline being imposed for a violation of the Anti-Tampering Policy
relating to improper contact during the 2015 "Negotiating Period"
with prospective unrestricted free agent player Jeremy Maclin, then under
contract to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vincent informed Chiefs Chairman and CEO
Clark Hunt by letter that the club and individual employees had violated
the Anti-Tampering Policy by having direct communications with
Maclin during the Negotiating Period, which is specifically prohibited.
Because of those impermissible contacts, Kansas City will forfeit its
third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and its sixth-round pick in the 2017 NFL
Draft and pay a fine of $250,000. In addition, Head Coach Andy Reid has
been fined $75,000 and General Manager John Dorsey has been fined $25,000.
Vincent explained that in “assessing
discipline, the goal is to balance the seriousness of the violation of an
important and longstanding competitive rule (the Anti-Tampering Policy), with
appropriate recognition of the club’s history (no prior offenses), and the
cooperation shown by both the club and individual employees. The
discipline should be sufficient both to deter future violations and
encourage cooperation in future investigations. The assessment of
discipline here accounts for the fact that the club and its personnel were
fully cooperative and forthcoming in the investigation. In this case, our
staff had full access to all of the information requested, including electronic
and telephone records, and unrestricted access to all club people whom we
sought to interview."
Both the Chiefs and the individual club
employees may appeal this discipline by advising the Commissioner in writing of
their wish to do so within five days.
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