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During the height of the NFL season, an absolute bombshell is reportedly coming from former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores.
Flores has filed an explosive lawsuit in which he alleges the New York Giants’ hiring practices are rooted in racism. He also claims to have a text from New England coach Bill Belichik to prove it.
Flores filed the suit in the Southern District of New York on Tuesday. In it he accuses Dolphins owners Stephen Ross of offering him $100,000 for every loss in an effort to tank for the Number 1 draft pick during the 2019 NFL season. The suit includes texts he alleges are from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick demonstrating that the Giants conducted an interview with Flores while knowing that they already intended to hire Brian Daboll as head coach.
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Lawsuit accuses NFL of scapegoating minority coach hires
The suit alleges that the Giants interviewed Flores simply to satisfy the NFL’s Rooney Rule mandate requiring that teams interview minority candidates.
Flores also alleges that before getting the Dolphins job, he interviewed with the Denver Broncos — a meeting for which then-general manager John Elway was an hour late and appeared to be hungover.
There is currently only one Black NFL coach, while around 70% of the league’s players are Black.
Many in the sports world viewed Flores’ firing after Miami’s season was cut short this year as a complete surprise. Miami has posted winning records the last two seasons under Flores’ leadership. In 2020 the team went 10-6, while this past season the team went 9-8.
Flores is asking, among other things, for an increase in the hiring influence of Black individuals, more transparency in hiring and firing decisions. He also seeks an effort to help source Black investors to take majority ownership stakes in NFL teams.