By Rémi Brazon — February 1, 2022 at 10:50 p.m.
Article updated on February 2, 2022 at 8:29 a.m.
Sport is not immune to racism and it takes courage and conviction to denounce it and fight against it.
The NFL walks on eggshells every time it talks about the lack of African-Americans in strategic positions like head coach or otherwise. The Rooney Rule was set up to encourage franchises to take on people from minorities for the positions of head coach and in football operations.
But now Brian Flores is throwing a huge stone into the pond: the former Dolphins coach is filing a complaint against the NFL, the Dolphins, the Giants and the Broncos for racist practices against black coaches.
But this is not an individual action since it is the opening of a collective action, opening the door to other coaches from minorities who would have known this kind of story. In Flores’ complaint, the name of Bill Belichick is mentioned following messages sent to Flores. Because the Patriots coach was able to inform Flores that the Giants were going to appoint Brian Daboll… three days before Flores passed his job interview.
Brian Flores hopes to open Pandora’s box and that his action will make things happen.
“In making the decision to file the class action lawsuit today, I understand that I may be at risk of no longer being a coach in the game that I love and which has done so much for me and my family. My sincere hope is that in standing up against systemic racism in the NFL, others will join me in ensuring positive change is made for generations to come. »
Dolphins and Broncos targeted
The former Dolphins coach also accuses his former owner Steve Ross for wanting to pay him $100,000 a loss so he could get the best possible draft spot to get a big quarterback. The Miami boss is also accused of pushing Flores to contact a high-profile quarterback in violation of the league’s rules for communicating with opposing players. It was in 2019. The quarterback in question? According to the Miami Beach Post, it was Tom Brady. Ross would have gone so far as to invite Flores on his yacht without having informed him that Brady was also invited. The coach turned around before the trap, and would then have been ostracized within the franchise.
In 2019, Flores also had a funny experience with the Broncos. Invited for a job interview, he was greeted an hour late by John Elway and a few others.
“It was obvious that they had been drinking heavily the night before,” the complaint reads. “It was clear from the content of the interview that Mr. Flores was only inducted to be a Rooney Ruler, and that the Broncos had no interception in considering him a legitimate candidate for the job. »
The full text of the complaint is available at this link.