Brian Flores admits that lawsuit challenging 'systemic racism' in NFL puts career in jeopardy
Brian Flores has filed suit against the NFL, the Miami Dolphins, his former employer, the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos to challenge what he describes as “systemic racism.” And in a follow-up statement, Flores admits that filing the suit may put his football coaching career in jeopardy.
“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. In making the decision to file the class action complaint, I understand that I may be risking coaching the game I love,” Flores said in a statement, per Mike Giardi. “… And 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.”
Flores was fired last month by Miami after he led the Dolphins to a 24-25 record over 3 years. They went 9-8 in their second straight winning season, but failed to make the playoffs during his tenure.
The lawsuit alleges that the league has discriminated against Flores and other black coaches for racial reasons, denying them positions as head coaches, offensive and defensive coordinators and quarterbacks coaches, as well as general managers.
“In certain critical ways, the NFL is racially segregated and is managed much like a plantation,” the lawsuit said.
“Its 32 owners — none of whom are Black — profit substantially from the labor of NFL players, 70 percent 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.
H/T Associated Press.