April 18, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Chiefs' appeal of anti-tampering charges denied
The Kansas City Chiefs' appeal of anti-tampering charges was denied by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. They didn't regain the third-round pick they lost in this draft or a sixth-round pick in 2017. Their fine was reduced from $250,000 to $200,000 and coach Andy Reid's fine was reduced from $75,000. They maintained the $25,000 fine for general manager John Dorsey. The reason for the penalty was the Chiefs contacting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin during a time when they weren't allowed to under nFL rules. "We appreciate the opportunity to make our appeal on this matter, and we acknowledge the minor reduction in fines imposed," team chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement. "However, we continue to believe that the facts of this case combined with the league's inconsistent enforcement of its tampering policies do not warrant the most severe penalty for player-related tampering in league history. Having exhausted our options under the appeal process, we are turning the page on this issue and look forward to continuing our preparations for the 2016 season.” Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.