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Brian Flores sues NFL, Giants, Dolphins for alleged racial discrimination

[ad_1] Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a class-action lawsuit against the team, NFL, and New York Giants for alleged racial disc

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Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a class-action lawsuit against the team, NFL, and New York Giants for alleged racial discrimination on Tuesday.

“In making the decision to file the class action complaint today, I understand that I may be risking coaching the game that I love and that has done so much for my family and me,” Flores said in a statement. “My sincere hope is that by standing up against systematic racism in the NFL, others will join me to ensure that positive change is made for generations to come.”

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Flores claimed that he interviewed for the Giants head coaching position, however, the team already hired former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll for the job three days before Flores was scheduled to interview with the team. Flores said that the Giants interview process was a “sham” and he was “humiliated.”

Head coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins on the sidelines in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Hard Rock Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Head coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins on the sidelines in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Hard Rock Stadium on October 03, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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In a text message exchange, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick congratulated Flores for landing the job, thinking it was done deal. 

“Sorry – I f–ked this up,” Belichick allegedly wrote. “I double checked & I misread the text. I think they are naming Daboll. I’m sorry about that. BB.”

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Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross, Head coach Brian Flores, and General Manager Chris Grier pose for a photograph after Flores was introduced as the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins on February 4, 2019 at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida.

Chairman of the Board/Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross, Head coach Brian Flores, and General Manager Chris Grier pose for a photograph after Flores was introduced as the new head coach of the Miami Dolphins on February 4, 2019 at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida.
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Flores also alleges that prior to getting the Dolphins head coaching gig, he previously interviewed with the Denver Broncos, and claims that then-general manager John Elway showed up to the interview an hour late and appeared to be hungover. Flores claims that he was interviewed for that job because of the Rooney Rule, which is an NFL policy that requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching positions. Flores believes he was never a real candidate for the job.

Flores, who spent three seasons as the head coach of the Dolphins and led the team to back-to-back winning years, was fired at the conclusion of the 2021 NFL regular season. According to the claim, Flores refused his owner’s order to “tank” for the first pick in the draft. During the 2019 season, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross allegedly told Flores that he would pay him $100,000 for every loss, and the team’s general manager Chris Grier told Flores that “Steve” was “mad” that Flores was winning games.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) talks to head coach Brian Flores during the first half of a NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) talks to head coach Brian Flores during the first half of a NFL preseason football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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According to the claim, following the conclusion of the 2019 season, Ross pressured Flores to recruit a “prominent quarterback”, who many suspect is Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, in violation of the league’s tampering rules. Flores, however, refused to comply with these improper orders. In the winter of 2020, Ross invited Flores onto a yacht for lunch and told him that the “prominent quarterback” was “conveniently” arriving at the marina. Shortly after he arrived, Flores left the meeting and the yacht immediately. Following the incident, Flores was treated with disdain and held out as someone who was noncompliant and difficult to work with.

Flores, who was a former defensive coordinator for the Patriots under Belichick, had a 24-25 record in three years with the Dolphins and his firing was a surprise by many across the league.

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