Ex Miami Dolphins head coach, Brian Flores, filed a lawsuit against the NFL and 3 other teams for alleged discrimination and racial injustice to him and to other black coaches, restricting them to have a position as head coaches, offensive and defensive coordinators, and quarterbacks coaches, as well as general managers.
Flores, 41, has coached the NFL for more than a decade but was fired as the Dolphin’s head coach after three years even though he signed a five-year contract with the team. He then accuses the NFL of racial discrimination as the reason for his removal from the position, a problem that is rampant in the NFL.
The suit was filed on February 1st, the first day of Black History Month. He decided to make a move in order to stop racism in the league.
“We fully expect coaches and players of all races to support Brian as he embarks on his journey to create positive change,” said Wigdor LLP, the law firm that was representing Brian Flores.
NFL released a statement last Tuesday saying that they will defend themselves and denied all accusations thrown at them.
“The NFL and our clubs are deeply committed to ensuring equitable employment practices and continue to make progress in providing equitable opportunities throughout our organizations. Diversity is core to everything we do, and there are few issues on which our clubs and our internal leadership team spend more time.”
They also added, “We vehemently deny any allegations of racial discrimination and inclusion throughout our organization. The implication that we acted in a manner inconsistent with the integrity of the game is incorrect. We will be withholding further comment on the lawsuit at this time.”
Who are the teams that Brian Flores Sues?
Aside from National Football League, Flores will also be suing The Dolphins, Denver Broncos, and New York Giants due to the racial discrimination with the hiring process of Denver and New York as well as during his tenure with Miami.
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Flores received messages that were mistakenly sent to him by his former boss, New England Patriots coach, Bill Belichick. In the messages, Belichick congratulates Flores for winning the Giant’s job, which he had to interview for at that point. Flores then asked if he was talking about Brian Daboll and not him because Daboll had an interview with the Giants before him. He then claimed that his interview with the Giants was nothing but a move to satisfy the Rooney Rule, which requires the team to interview diverse candidates for head coaches, offensive and defensive coordinators, general managers, and other senior positions.
Brian Flores ends his statement by saying,
“I may be risking coaching the game that I love and that has done so much for my family and me. My sincere hope is that by standing up against systemic racism in the N.F.L., others will join me to ensure that positive change is made for generations to come.”