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Ex-Dolphins coach Brian Flores sues, saying NFL ‘rife with racism’

Recently-fired Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a Manhattan Federal Court class action suit Tuesday against the NFL, with the Black plaintiff alleging the league “remains rife with racism.”

The 58-page court filing names the NFL and all 32 of its franchises, demanding a jury trial only a short time after Flores was fired by the Dolphins despite his winning record the last two years. The coach blasts the league’s “Rooney Rule” to increase the number of minority coaches as a failed effort at sideline diversity.

“In certain critical ways, the NFL is racially segregated and is managed much like a plantation,” the lawsuit charged. “Its 32 owners — none of whom are black — profit substantially from the labor of NFL players, 70% of whom are black.”

The 40-year-old Flores, a Brooklyn native who posted a 19-14 record in his last two years in Miami, was widely considered one of the league’s top young coaches before his firing.

The lawsuit quoted a text chat between Flores, who was one of the candidates for the New York Giants opening filled by white head coach Brian Daboll, and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicating Big Blue made their choice three days before the ex-Miami’s coach scheduled league-mandated “minority candidate” interview.

Flores started his career with the New England back in 2004 at the age of 23, and eventually became the defensive play caller for the Patriots team that defeated the L.A. Rams 10-3 in the 2019 Super Bowl.

Flores additionally charged the Giants brought him in for an interview this year after already deciding on their coach, and alleged the Denver Broncos brought him in for a 2019 interview purely to meet the “Rooney Rule” requirement.

“Mr. Flores was not only denied the head coach position of the New York Giants but was humiliated in the process as (the team) subjected him to a sham interview in an attempt to appear to provide a black candidate with a legitimate chance at obtaining the job.”

At this point, the lawsuit said, there is only one Black coach in the entire league and a dearth of minorities in other high-level staff jobs like offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and quarterback coach.

“This is not by chance,” the lawsuit charged. “Rather, the statistics … described through this complaint are the result of racial discrimination.”

The lengthy court documents raised the NFL’s exile of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, alleging he was blackballed after taking a knee during the “Star-Spangled Banner.”