Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is suing the NFL, Dolphins, Giants, and Broncos alleging racist hiring policies.
According to reports, Flores expects other coaches to join the suit.
The suit makes allegations about Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who allegedly offered to pay him an extra $100,000 per loss during the 2019 season, as Ross wanted the Dolphins to lose enough games to secure the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft.
Flores also alleges that Ross tried to get him to recruit “a prominent quarterback” who was under contract to another team, in violation of league tampering rules.
The lawsuit also says the Giants scheduled a sham interview with Flores to adhere with the Rooney Rule.
Flores learned that his interview was a sham when Patriots coach Bill Belichick accidently texted him a congratulatory message, thinking that the Giants were going to hire him. Belichick later revealed that he misunderstood and that he was actually told the Giants were hiring Brian Daboll. The Giants ended up hiring Daboll suggesting that they had already made their decision prior to talking with Flores.
Flores also says the Broncos put him through a similar sham interview three years ago before the team ended up hiring Vic Fangio.
“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. My sincere hope is that by standing up against systemic racism in the NFL, others will join me to ensure that positive change is made for generations to come,” Flores said in a statement.