Brian Flores tells CNN his kids were the inspiration to file a lawsuit against the NFL and 3 teams alleging racial discrimination

Flores, the former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, filed a lawsuit against the NFL, New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old, who is black, says in his lawsuit that the Giants interviewed him for their vacancy as head coach under dishonest circumstances because Flores had found out three days before his interview that the Giants had already decided to hire Brian Daboll. .

Flores says he learned this after receiving a congratulatory text message from Belichick, who Flores worked for, which was sent by mistake.

The former Dolphins head coach said his children were the inspiration to fight the NFL and what prompted him to file a lawsuit against the league and three teams alleging racial discrimination.

Asked about it on CNN’s ‘New Day’ on Wednesday, Flores said, “I have two sons, they’re 8 and 7. I have a 5-year-old daughter. When I look at them, I don’t want to. ‘they go through some of the things that I had to go through.”

He said he went through a “wave of emotions” upon finding out he was attending what he called a “mock interview”.

“It was humiliating, to be completely honest. There was disbelief, there was anger. There was a flurry of emotions for many reasons.”

When asked how he would feel if he turned out to be in charge of his last game in the NFL, Flores replied: “If there is change, it will be worth it.”

Flores explained that as one of the few black head coaches in the NFL, he felt different pressures compared to his white counterparts.

“I would say I felt pressures similar to what black people feel in all areas, not just in football. That we have to do more, that we have to be better, that we have to be exceptional just to stay on a Equality.

“And it’s unfair in a lot of ways, but I know I’m not alone in that feeling. I know that. And I think we’re going to have more stories like mine. And it’s hard to come out .

“It’s hard to do what we do here because in doing so you risk doing what you love, which is coaching football. But being a black coach in the National Football League, you know there’s a bit of a target on you and you know you have to be better than your counterparts.”

A wrong congratulatory text arrived a few days before the interview

Flores says in his lawsuit that before interviewing the Giants, he received a congratulatory text message from Belichick that was sent in error. Daboll, who is also a former assistant to Belichick, got the job from the Giants.

“Looks like you’ve landed — congratulations!!” Belichick texted Flores, according to screenshots of the conversation featured in Flores’ lawsuit.

“Did you hear something I didn’t hear?” Flores replied

“Giants?!?!?!” Belichick texted.

“I’m interviewing Thursday,” Flores wrote. “I think I have a chance.”

“Understood – I hear from Buffalo and NYG you’re their guy,” Belichick replied.

Later, Flores asked for clarification.

“Coach, are you talking to Brian Flores or Brian Daboll,” Flores asked. “Just to be sure.”

“Sorry – I screwed it up,” Belichick replied. “I double checked and misread the text. I think they name Daboll. I’m sorry about that. BB”

Of 32 NFL coaches, only 3 are people of color

Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera, who is Latino, praised Flores for speaking out, saying: “When you look at what Brian (Flores) has achieved and what he has done, there is a lot of merit in that.”

Flores, who had two winning seasons during his three years in Miami, alleges in his lawsuit that his interview with the Giants was a ruse so the team could “falsely demonstrate to League Commissioner Roger Goodell and the great public that she was in compliance with the Rooney rule.”

Flores on the sidelines in a game against the Tennessee Titans while serving as head coach of the Dolphins.

The NFL instituted the Rooney Rule in 2003 in an effort to increase diversity among NFL head coaches, general managers, and senior executives. The rule requires each team to interview at least two external minority candidates for open head coaching positions, according to the NFL Football Operations website.

Currently, only one of the 27 head coaches employed in the NFL is black, with five teams without a head coach, in a league where roughly 70% of players are black. There are two other non-black minority coaches — one of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent (Rivera) and the other of Lebanese descent (Jets coach Robert Saleh).

Flores expressed his thanks for all the messages of support he’s received since filing his lawsuit, telling “CBS Mornings” it’s been a “difficult 24 hours.”

In his statement in the lawsuit, Flores acknowledged it could be detrimental to his future career prospects – he was interviewing for two other head coaching openings at the time of his exit.

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Flores says he won’t drop the lawsuit

When asked if he would drop the lawsuit if he was hired by a team in the next few days, Flores’ response was emphatic.

“No. We need change. That’s what we need – we need change. It’s about changing hiring practices in the National Football League.”

But creating a level playing field is more important to the four-time Super Bowl-winning coach, he said.

“I understand the risk. Listen, I love coaching football. … And I still want to coach,” Flores told CNN.

“But it’s bigger than coaching, it’s bigger than me. The numbers speak for themselves when it comes to hiring, firing and lack of opportunities for minority coaches and executives and blacks in the National Football League, and we need change. We need things to change.”

Flores spoke with CNN’s Don Lemon on Wednesday night about how the league needs to move forward.

“The people who make the decisions and the people who work – the players, 70% are black, and the people who make the decisions, the majority are white,” Flores said. “And what we’re trying to do with this lawsuit is really create change. I think people are talking about it. We’re implementing policy here, policy there. I’m not looking for fluff policies. .

“I’m looking for real change, and for me, that starts in the hearts and minds of the people making those decisions, and it has to come through dialogue. It has to come from communication. It has to come from keeping an open mind. and being willing to talk and get to know different people than you’re used to. Frankly, I don’t think an owner is willing to do that, he’s not cut out for this league.

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