Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores has hired lawyers to file a class action lawsuit against the NFL. So far, the details include an alleged bribe by the Dolphins to pay Flores for every game the team lost during the 2019 season and Bill Belichick texting Flores when he thought he was texting Brian Daboll regarding the Giants head coaching position.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted out an announcement by the law firm that will be handling Flores’ lawsuit.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 1, 2022
What exactly Flores is asking for in terms of damages is yet unknown, as are the explicit details of the suit, as mentioned above. The text messages in question between Belichick and Flores, however, have been released. They amount to Belichick congratulating Flores on landing the New York Giants job when he had not yet interviewed, and saying that he was “their guy.” As it turned out, he thought he was texting Daboll, who did end up receiving the job. Belichick admitted the mistake and apologized to Flores.
Speculation dictates that the Giants already knew they were going to hire Daboll, but interviewed Flores to satisfy their Rooney Rule requirement, maybe with no real intention of hiring him. The Rooney Rule states that a team must interview a minority head coach before hiring a new person to fill the role.
Along with the above mentioned hiring situation, it has been reported that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered Flores $100,000 per loss during in 2019, seemingly as compensation for taking a hit on his coaching reputation in return for a higher draft choice. It was also reported that John Elway arrived at Flores’ meeting with the Broncos hungover.
Stay tuned to TGH for more details on this developing story.
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