Brian Flores is striking back and is taking the NFL along with all 32 teams to court for alleged discrimination against black head coaches and executives.

The former coach of the New England Patriots filed the suit at the Southern District of New York. The 40-year-old claims that he was interviewed by the New York Giants even though they had already decided on a new coach in Brian Daboll.

In all, Flores called the interview a sham. The whole thing was just meant to comply with the NFL’s “Rooney Rule,” something that compels teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching or general manager positions.

“Mr. Flores was forced to sit through a dinner with Joe Schoen, the Giant’s new General Manager, knowing that the Giants had already selected Mr. Daboll,” the suit read.

“Much worse, on Thursday, January 27, 2022, Mr. Flores had to give an extensive interview for a job that he already knew he would not get — an interview that was held for no reason other than for the Giants to demonstrate falsely to the League Commissioner Roger Goodell and the public at large that it was in compliance with the Rooney Rule,” it added.

Also included in the lawsuit was an alleged text message involving Bill Belichick. Flores worked as a defensive coordinator in New England.

Belichick initially congratulated Flores for landing the head coaching job through a text message even before the 40-year-old was to be interviewed. Belichick allegedly corrected himself the following day.

Despite the filed suit, the Giants are refuting Flores’ claims.

“We are pleased and confident with the process that resulted in the hiring of Brian Daboll,” the Giants said in a statement. “We interviewed an impressive and diverse group of candidates. The fact of the matter is, Brian Flores was in the conversation to be our head coach until the eleventh hour. Ultimately, we hired the individual we felt was most qualified to be our next head coach.”

Head coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins
Head coach Brian Flores of the Miami Dolphins Getty Images | Michael Reaves

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