FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Fired Miami Dolphins Coach Brian Flores sued the NFL and three of its teams Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022 saying racist hiring practices by the league have left it racially segregated and managed like a plantation. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Brian Flores files suit against NFL

Ex-Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL and three of its teams citing racial discrimination in their hiring practices and tanking. Flores is suing the Denver Broncos and New York Giants alleging racism during their hiring processes.

Additionally, Flores is suing his former team claiming owner Stephen Ross offered him money in exchange for losing games on purpose. The Dolphins fired Flores on Jan. 10 following a 9-8 record in 2021.


On Wednesday morning, Flores discussed the lawsuit and his allegations in an appearance on ESPN’s Get Up. Simply put, Flores said that change is needed in the NFL.

The NFL released a statement on Tuesday night regarding the allegations.

Flores alleged that his candidacy with the Giants and Broncos was a sham so the teams could meet the requirements of the NFL’s Rooney Rule. The rule requires teams with open positions to interview minority candidates.

New York Giants

Flores was a candidate early on in many teams’ head coach searches, including the New York Giants. The Giants interviewed Flores on Jan. 27, but announced they were hiring Bills’ offensive coordinator Brian Daboll the next day.

On Tuesday, Flores released text messages exchanged between himself and Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick, who Flores was with in various roles from 2004 until 2018. Belichick texted Flores congratulating him on landing the Giants’ head coaching job. However, the message came before Flores had interviewed for the job, but after the Giants finished a second interview with Daboll. Flores asked Belichick to clarify, and Belichick apologized because he thought he was talking to Daboll.

During his television appearance, Flores explained the realization from Belichick’s texts were upsetting and confirmed his previous beliefs.

Flores alleges that this wasn’t the first time something like this happened to him.

Denver Broncos

In 2019, Flores became a candidate for the Broncos’ open head coaching position after the team fired Vance Joseph. Flores alleged that a group of Denver executives, including then-general manager John Elway, showed up late and hungover to the interview and did not take him seriously as a candidate. The team eventually hired Vic Fangio, who they fired this season.

After the allegations surfaced, the Broncos released a statement on Tuesday night.

The Broncos hired Green Bay offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as their new head coach on Jan. 28.

Miami Dolphins

In his lawsuit, Flores claims that Ross did everything in his power to lose on purpose, including offering him $100,000 per loss.

Flores says he told Ross that he would never do that, and he would do everything in his power to win games.

In three seasons, Flores went 24-25 at the helm of the Dolphins, including back-to-back winning seasons in 2020 and 2021.

According to ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques, the Dolphins deny all of the allegations against them.

Brian Flores’ future

With the Houston Texans’ and New Orleans Saints’ jobs still open, there is a chance Flores could be hired for either of them. Flores says he is still interested in coaching for either team.

However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the lawsuit puts Flores in a complicated position and may never coach in the NFL again.

Additionally, Schefter explains that this lawsuit won’t just affect Flores or the teams named, but the entire league.

About Cam Parker

Cam is a fourth-year broadcast journalism sports and media major at the University of Florida. In addition to writing and recording radio trendings for WRUF, Cam covers North Florida HS football for The Prep Zone and Mainstreet Daily News and UF football and basketball for Inside the Gators.

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