Brian Flores, the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, filed a lawsuit against the National Football League, and three teams in particular, alleging racial discrimination in their head coach hiring practices.
Flores was considered a top pick for many of the open coaching slots among the 32 professional football teams, but he is alleging that the league discriminated against him because he's black.
Among the bombshell claims in the lawsuit, Flores says that the owner of the Dolphins offered him bonus pay for every loss of the team in order to improve their draft status for the next year.
The lawsuit cites an accidental admission to Flores via cellphone text messages by Bill Belichick, the head coach of the New England Patriots.
Belichick confused Flores for Brian Daboll, who was hired on as the head coach by the New York Giants. Flores was on his way to be interviewed by the team when Belichick texted him that they had already decided on Daboll, who is a white man.
"Sorry — I f***ed this up. I double checked and misread the text. I think they are naming Brian Daboll. I'm sorry about that," Belichick texted.
The lawsuit also cites an uncomfortable interview between Flores and the top executives of the Denver Broncos. Flores said they showed up an hour late, were "disheveled" and appeared to be hungover from drinking the night before, which he took as evidence that they were not serious about hiring him for the head coach position.
The lawsuit was filed against the Giants, the Broncos, and the Dolphins in addition to the NFL.
The league responded to the lawsuit in a statement denying the allegations.
"The NFL and our clubs are deeply committed to ensuring equitable employment practices and continue to make progress in providing equitable opportunities throughout our organizations," read the statement.
"Diversity is core to everything we do, and there are few issues on which our clubs and our internal leadership team spend more time. We will defend against these claims, which are without merit," the statement concluded.
The Dolphins team also released a statement denying the claims.
"We are aware of the lawsuit through the media reports that came out this afternoon. We vehemently deny any allegations of racial discrimination and are proud of the diversity and inclusion throughout our organization," read their statement.
"The implication that we acted in a manner inconsistent with the integrity of the game is incorrect," the team concluded. "We will be withholding further comment on the lawsuit at this time."
Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that he spoke to two other coaches who might join the class action lawsuit.
"This could be a tsunami before it’s all over," said Robinson.
Here's more about the Flores lawsuit against the NFL:
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