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Former Miami Dolphins head coach sues NFL for racial discrimination

Brian Flores, fired final month as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, has sued the National Football League and every of its franchises for racial discrimination.

Why it issues: The NFL for a long time has been criticized for its paucity of Black coaches, and now Flores plans to carry the league’s ft to the authorized fireplace.

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What the lawsuit says: “Mr. Flores has determined that the only way to effectuate real change is through the Courts, where the NFL’s conduct can be judged by a jury of Mr. Flores’ peers. A judgment that is long overdue.”

  • The swimsuit is filed as a proposed class motion.

  • Flores claims that he was knowledgeable by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick that the New York Giants head teaching job had gone to another person, three days earlier than Flores was scheduled to interview for the place. He calls the Giants interview course of a “sham” by way of which he was “humiliated.”

  • Flores additionally alleges that earlier than getting the Dolphins job, he interviewed with the Denver Broncos — a gathering for which then-general supervisor John Elway was an hour late and seemed to be hungover.

  • Flores claims within the swimsuit that he was solely interviewed for that job due to the Rooney Rule, an NFL coverage requiring groups to interview minority candidates for head teaching jobs; and that the Broncos by no means thought-about him a official candidate for the job.

By the numbers: There is presently just one black head coach within the NFL, though there nonetheless are just a few open positions. Flores’ legislation agency estimates that round 70% of NFL gamers are black.

  • Flores was a former defensive coordinator with the Patriots who compiled a 24-25 document in three seasons main the Dolphins. His firing was extensively considered as a shock.

  • There have been reviews that he interviewed earlier this week to be head coach of the Houston Texans and that he may additionally be interviewing for the New Orleans Saints job. It is unclear how this lawsuit will affect these processes.

Flores is asking, amongst different issues, for a rise within the hiring affect of Black people , extra transparency in hiring and firing choices and an effort to assist supply Black buyers to take majority possession stakes in NFL groups.

Below is the lawsuit, filed in New York:

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