Denver Broncos accused of racist recruitment process by former coaching candidate

NEW YORK (AP) – Fired Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores sued the NFL and three of its teams on Tuesday, saying the league’s racist recruiting practices caused it to fall. segregated and managed like a plantation.

The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, seeks class action status and unspecified damages from the federation, the Dolphins, the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants, along with unidentified individuals.

Flores was fired by Miami last month after leading the Dolphins to a 24-25 record in three years. They won 9-8 for the second consecutive season, but failed to reach the knockout stages during his tenure.

A message sent to the NFL for comment was not immediately returned.

“God has given me a special talent to coach the game of football, but the need for change outweighed my personal goals,” Flores said in a statement represented by the law firm. him in the given case. “In making my decision to file class action today, I understand that I may be risking coaching the game I love and that has done so much for my family and me. My sincere hope is that by standing up against systemic racism in the NFL, others will join me in ensuring that positive change is made for generations to come. “.

The lawsuit alleges that the federation discriminated against Flores and other coaches of color on the grounds of race, denying them positions as head coach, offensive and defensive coordinator, and coach. quarterback coach, as well as general manager.

“In certain significant ways, the NFL is racially segregated and governed like a plantation,” the lawsuit states.

“Its 32 owners – none of whom are black – profit significantly from the labor of NFL players, 70% of whom are black. Owners watch games from the top of the NFL stadium in their plush boxes, while their majority black workforce every Sunday, picks up the craggy hits and suffer debilitating injuries to their bodies and brains while the NFL and its owners rake in billions of dollars of dollars,” it added.

The Denver Broncos released the following statement after the lawsuit was announced:

“The allegations from Brian Flores against the Denver Broncos in today’s court filing are blatantly false.

“Our interview with Mr. Flores about our head coach position began quickly at the scheduled time of 7:30 a.m. January 5, 2019, at the Providence Hotel, RI ,. There were five Broncos executives present for the interview, which lasted about three-and-a-half hours — time fully allotted — and ended shortly before 11 a.m.

“The pages of detailed notes, analysis and reviews from our interview reveal the depth of our conversation and our sincere interest in Mr. Flores as a coaching candidate. chief.

“Our process is thorough and fair to determine the most qualified candidate for our head coach position. The Broncos will vigorously defend the integrity and values ​​of our organization — and its employees — from such baseless and disparaging claims.”

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