Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is breaking his silence on the Brian Flores allegations ... calling his ex-head coach's claims "false, malicious, and defamatory."
In Flores' bombshell lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday, the 40-year-old alleged that Ross had offered him cash to tank in his first season as coach of the team in 2019 -- saying Ross was willing to give $100,000 per loss.
The owner, though, strongly denied the claims in a statement Wednesday night ... calling them a bunch of BS.
"With regards to the allegations being made by Brian Flores, I am a man of honor and integrity and cannot let them stand without responding," Ross said.
"I take great personal exception to these malicious attacks, and the truth must be known. His allegations are false, malicious and defamatory."
Ross added that he will cooperate with investigators -- but noted he doesn't anticipate them finding any validity to Flores' accusations.
"I welcome that investigation," Ross said, "and I am eager to defend my personal integrity, and the integrity and values of the entire Miami Dolphins organization, from these baseless, unfair and disparaging claims."
Ross fired Flores following the 2021 season ... and said at the time the decision was made due to the coach's "collaboration" issues with others in the Dolphins' org.
The team, meanwhile, had previously released a statement prior to Ross' ... denying that they operated in any matter that would compromise the integrity of the game.