The NFL and New York Giants are responding to the lawsuit brought by former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. Flores is suing the NFL and all 32 teams, saying there is racial discrimination in the league’s hiring process.
The former Miami Dolphins head coach claims the New York Giants decided days before the scheduled interview with Flores that Brian Daboll would be their next head coach.
He only found out after New England head coach Bill Belichick texted him days before the interview to congratulate him on getting the job, mistakenly thinking it was Daboll.
The lawsuit alleges that the Giants only interviewed Flores to comply with the NFL’s Rooney Rule mandate, which requires teams to interview minority candidates.
The lawsuit also alleges that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered him $100,000 for each loss during the 2019 season in order to secure the number one pick in the draft.
The league said in a statement the claims were “baseless” and that they are committed to fair employment practices.
The Giants said they are confident in their Brian Daboll hiring process and that Flores was in talks “up to the eleventh hour.”
3.1% of head coaches in the NFL are black. While about 35-40% of NFL assistant coaches are black.
Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin remains the NFL’s only black head coach after Texans David Culley and Flores received pink slips last week.
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