NFL says Lions committed tampering violations

The NFL says the Detroit Lions have violated the league’s policy

against tampering and ruled they must forfeit their upcoming

seventh-round draft pick and exchange fifth-round picks with the

Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued the ruling Friday for

violations last year involving players under contract with the

Chiefs. The fifth-round switch leaves the Lions with the 23rd pick

in the round instead of the ninth.

The league says the Lions commented publicly to the media about

their desire to acquire Chiefs players under contract, and that

they had impermissible contact with a player – or his agent – under

contract with Kansas City.

Either team can appeal the decision. The Lions said they have no

comment on the ruling.