Chiefs lose appeal on anti-tampering violations, forfeit draft picks

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, left, catches a pass while covered by cornerback Marcus Cooper (31) during NFL football training camp in St. Joseph, Mo., Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Chiefs’ appeal of anti-tampering violations has been denied by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, meaning Kansas City will forfeit its third-round draft pick this year and sixth-round pick next year.

The club did have its fine reduced from $250,000 to $200,000 on Monday, while coach Andy Reid’s fine was reduced from $75,000 to $60,000.

Team owner Clark Hunt said in a statement the Chiefs “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.”

The violations stem from the Chiefs contacting then-free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin when prohibited by NFL rules. Maclin, who had been drafted by Reid in Philadelphia, eventually signed with Kansas City.

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