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Brian Flores, fired Miami Dolphins coach, sues NFL, alleging racist hiring

NEW YORK — Fired Miami Dolphins Coach Brian Flores sued the NFL and three of its groups Tuesday, saying racist hiring practices by the league have left it racially segregated and managed like a plantation.

The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal courtroom sought class-action standing and unspecified damages from the league, the Dolphins, the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants, together with unidentified people.

Flores was fired final month by Miami after main the Dolphins to a 24-25 file over three years. They went 9-8 of their second straight successful season, however didn’t make the playoffs throughout his tenure.

A message despatched to the NFL for remark was not instantly returned.

“God has gifted me with a special talent to coach the game of football, but the need for change is bigger than my personal goals,” Flores mentioned in a launch put out by the regulation agency representing him within the case. “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.”

The lawsuit alleged that the league has discriminated towards Flores and different black coaches for racial causes, denying them positions as head coaches, offensive and defensive coordinators and quarterbacks coaches, in addition to normal managers.

“In certain critical ways, the NFL is racially segregated and is managed much like a plantation,” the lawsuit mentioned.

“Its 32 owners – none of whom are Black – profit substantially from the labor of NFL players, 70% of whom are Black. The owners watch the games from atop NFL stadiums in their luxury boxes, while their majority-Black workforce put their bodies on the line every Sunday, taking vicious hits and suffering debilitating injuries to their bodies and their brains while the NFL and its owners reap billions of dollars,” it added.

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