It's def a betting angle:
Tanking stories from Woj: Owner ‘berated' coach for late-season win
“I never heard more talk from front office executives frustration with coaches who were winning games they didn't want them to win.
And owners, I know of an instance of an owner berating, really berating his coach here in the last several weeks of the season for going in and beating a pretty good team on the road, going ‘what are you doing?' And think about that, that should not be going on.”