Earlier this week, Brian Flores filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL and three teams, alleging racial discrimination in regard to his interview processes with both the New York Giants and Denver Broncos, and three-year tenure as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, which ended in January.
The bombshell lawsuit claims that the Giants recently interviewed Flores for their head coaching job under disingenuous conditions, as the organization simply wanted to fulfill the NFL's "Rooney Rule" policy, which requires teams to interview external minority candidates for top-level openings. The lawsuit also alleges that, back in 2019, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered Flores $100,000 for every loss, in an effort to tank for the top-overall draft pick.
"I wish more coaches would come out and really just join Flores in his fight. Because they've got to get this right," former NFL receiver Terrell Davis told The DA Show on Thursday. "It's historically, Black coaches are the last to be hired and the first to be fired. You rarely see a Black coach get a second head coaching job once he's been fired. So, it's frustrating, and we've just got to continue to fight.
"But I think this is a good step. And I applaud Flores for putting his career on the line, because that's what he's doing. He's putting everything on the line. And it shouldn't be that way. He shouldn't have to feel like he's sacrificing his career to shed light on something that needs to be dealt with. And I really do hope that more coaches come out and support him in his fight."
During an in-studio appearance on Wednesday's edition of "CBS Mornings," Flores discussed his allegations, saying in part, "I'm not the only one with a story to tell. People have come before me, and I know there are others who have similar stories and it's hard to speak out. You're making some sacrifices but this is bigger than football, and this is bigger than coaching." The league, Giants, Dolphins, and Denver Broncos have denied all of Flores' allegations.
Although 70-percent of the league's players are Black, none of the 32 team owners are. And at the moment, only one NFL head coach -- Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers -- is African American. Ron Rivera of the Washington Commanders and Robert Saleh of the New York Jets are the only non-Black minority head coaches.
The entire football conversation between Davis and DA can be accessed in the audio player above. Additional information and details about Flores' suit against the NFL can be found here.