Brian Flores' lawsuit against the NFL for its hiring practices has taken a new turn. Two more coaches, Steve Wilks and Ray Horton, have joined his effort and another team, the Houston Texans, are being called out for their actions against Flores.
According to ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg, Flores' lawyers are alleging the Texans of punishing Flores by removing him from consideration to be their next head coach. Their complaint also mentions how Lovie Smith, Houston's defensive coordinator, was added as a candidate only after the last two candidates standing were Flores and Josh McCown, who is white.
The complaint states that the “Texans were rightfully concerned that if it hired Mr. McCown over Mr. Flores, it would bolster Mr. Flores' allegations of systemic discrimination against Black candidates, particularly given that the team had just fired Black Head Coach David Culley after only one season. As such, later on the very same day that it was announced that the Texans had narrowed its search down to only two candidates, it also was announced that the team had decided to give an initial interview to its own Coach Culley's Defensive Coordinator, Lovie Smith, for the Head Coach position.”
The complaint from Flores' camp gives credit to Houston for hiring Smith but adds that Flores being passed over because of his decision to file the lawsuit is an issue. Flores was able to find a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a defensive assistant coach.
Flores' lawsuit began by singling out the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos as the teams who wronged Flores during his time as a head coaching candidate. The Texans were added along with the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals, who are being accused of giving unsatisfactory chances to Wilks and Horton, respectively, to be their head coach.