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.