League denies Kansas City Chiefs' anti-tampering appeal

Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs

The National Football League (NFL) has ruled that Kansas City Chiefs are not going to be allowed to recoup the two draft picks that they had forfeited as a punishment for the violation of the league's Anti-Tampering Policy in March, 2015 during the recruitment of their free agent Jeremy Maclin.

The Chiefs had appealed against the anti-tampering sanctions that were imposed on them by the NFL but the league threw out their appeal.

Following this ruling, the league has maintained that the Chiefs will indeed have to surrender their 3rd-round pick in the 2016 NFL season, as well as their 6th-round pick in the 2017 season as it had earlier been determined by NFL Executive VP for Football Operations Troy Vincent.

However, although the Chief’s appeal was denied, the team’s fine was reduced by Commissioner Roger Goodell from $250,000 to $200,000 while coach Andy Reid also saw his fine going down from the earlier $75,000 to $60,000.

The 27-year old Maclin, who played under Reid when he was in Philadelphia, signed for a five-year deal with the Chiefs in March 2015 at a cost of $55 million.

After the league’s decision on Kansas City’s appeal, Chiefs’ chairman and CEO Clark Hunt expressed his displeasure with the ruling, criticizing the NFL for its “inconsistent” enforcement of tampering policies. However, Hunt welcomed the “minor reduction” in fines imposed earlier.

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