Brian Flores lawsuit against the NFL is moving forward. Now according to new reports, two other coaches are joining the Pittsburgh Steelers assistant in his fight.
Per Brooke Pryor of ESPN, the addition of the said coaches in the lawsuit are expected to implicate two other teams. It is said to extend all the way up to ownership level.
Two other coaches are expected to join Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the league, a source familiar with the situation tells me.
Two other teams are expected to be implicated, extending all the way up to the ownership level, per source.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) March 28, 2022
Brian Flores is suing the NFL, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and New York Giants for alleged discrimination and racism in hiring practices. To recall, Flores was fired as Dolphins head coach despite his good record with the team, and it is noteworthy he didn’t land a head coaching job despite being considered the best candidate available. He was eventually hired by Mike Tomlin to be part of his Steelers staff, but the situation remains bizarre given Flores’ winning record as an NFL head coach.
One of the highlights of Flores’ lawsuit was his situation with the Giants. Bill Belichick allegedly texted to congratulate him for landing the Giants job, but the problem is the New England Patriots head coach had the wrong Brian. Then Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was actually the one getting the job.
Now, the issue is Flores was just scheduled to have an interview with the Giants before that. With that said, it appears to be that New York already has made a decision on their coach and they were just interviewing the now Steelers coach to comply with the diversity policies. The screenshots of Belichick’s text were included in the documents of the lawsuit.
It is unknown who were the two new coaches involved, but Brian Flores certainly hopes that it strengthens his case against the NFL.
For what it’s worth, in response to Flores’ lawsuit, the NFL is taking an active approach to evaluate its hiring process and diversity policies. As reported earlier, the league is putting together a six-man panel to review the diversity hiring procedures. The said panel is then expected to provide recommendations for consideration about what else the league can do to improve.
It remains to be see how the issue will develop, but it doesn’t look like it is going to be resolved any time soon.