Early this week former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a law suit against the NFL, every team in it, and certain men involved including Stephen Ross, Brian Belichick, and others.
Here’s the announcement of said lawsuit:
Brian Flores has sued the NFL and three teams alleging racism in hiring practices.
The lawsuit alleges that the league has discriminated against him and other Black coaches for racial reasons, denying them multiple positions including head coach and GM. https://t.co/ObK8EwnXcH
— ESPN (@espn) February 1, 2022
It took a few days but denials of the allegations starting rolling in:
1st from Dolphins owner Stephen Ross:
Statement from @MiamiDolphins owner Stephen Ross: pic.twitter.com/CmG8RGRTDK
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) February 3, 2022
Then quickly a corroborating statement from Hue Jackson against the Browns:
Hue Jackson to @Jake_Trotter: "it's time to take a stand. What I want is what Brian (Flores) wants which is for this BS to change for black coaches. I lived this same crap."
Browns: Jackson's implication that he was paid to lose is "categorically false."https://t.co/Y3xz7xvWUy
— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) February 2, 2022
Which was almost instantly refuted:
The Browns say suggestions by former coach Hue Jackson that he was paid by the team to lose games are “completely fabricated.”https://t.co/zZgwnFwJGk
— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) February 2, 2022
Then from John Elway:
John Elway’s statement on Brian Flores’ lawsuit. pic.twitter.com/umCOkYfq2V
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) February 3, 2022
Then from the NFL its self:
The NFL’s disingenuous statement on Brian Flores suing the league over coaching hiring.
So the NFL already conducted/completed an investigation of his “without merit” claims—on the same afternoon they were filed?!
No matter what they say, the proof is in 100-year-old pudding pic.twitter.com/i2euvaVIhS
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) February 1, 2022
Then from the New York Giants:
The full Giants statement: pic.twitter.com/MMtrZqdkKr
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) February 3, 2022
Notice the theme? Coaches accusing with the owners and league vehemently shooting back defense and calling the accusations all kinds of names.
So what is really going on here? Do the coaches have something?
Well for starters Stephen Ross has more then just the racism claims against him to defend. He has straight up cheating claims against hi and same with Brian Belichick. Thus we have multiple different things to look at.
There’s even possible criminal charges coming:
Could Ross face criminal charges in wake of Flores allegations? Forty-year Miami criminal defense attorney weighs in on whether bribery charge could be in play: https://t.co/ctQZ9WSM9D
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) February 2, 2022
If Brian Belichick is found guilty of getting Brian Daboll the job over Flores he will face felony Tampering charges. We’ll se what happens.
As I have looked through every aspect of this case and am astounded at what is being thrown around. Flores teams says they have all the evidence they need. Take a look:
As I mention at end, I spoke with a witness who said he heard Steve Ross offer Brian Flores 100K for every 2019 loss.
Flores’ team says they have corroborating evidence including messages from GM Chris Grier. IF proven, integrity of game in Q. Dolphins denied the allegations. https://t.co/KnIPjHMhjb
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) February 2, 2022
They have eyewitness and corroborating evidence per Cameron Wolfe. If so Ross and Belichick are cooked. Take a a look at this against Belichick:
Brians Flores claims not only that Bill Belichick had advance knowledge of the Giants' decision to hire Brian Daboll but also that Belichick actually influenced the decision. https://t.co/vF6alSw6Nh
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 4, 2022
BELICHICK DID WHAT??? He talked the Giants into Daboll OVER Flores? Talk about Criminal.
The Giants themselves have refuted this:
They even made sure to step away from Belichick. I do caution Giants fans that this doesn’t mean much until proven Belichick had nothing to do with the hire. Look here:
New York Giants deny allegations levied by former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores, lay out time… – via @ESPN App https://t.co/gTYYG6Hrt5
— Zac🌴🍻🍹 (@newc88) February 4, 2022
This does raise a major, MAJOR question though….
I think the key to the Flores case against the Giants is how did Belichick find out? If he heard it from an indirect source the messages may have been misconstrued.
If they can prove that Daboll was in the lead but they also wanted to finish the interviews they could be cleared.
— Valley Boys Sports (@VBSofficial_) February 3, 2022
HOW DID BELICHICK KNOW? Here’s the texts for reference:
Former #Dolphins HC Brian Flores is suing the NFL and the Giants alleging racism in their hiring process. Flores has texts from Bill Belichick congratulating him for getting the job — but Flores had yet to interview. The text was meant for Brian Daboll. https://t.co/gmPUw9gHIq pic.twitter.com/tyTztTf3br
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 1, 2022
So many questions need to be answered. At least half a dozen NFL teams will be effected! One thing is only the courts can find out who is tell the truth.
Also Flores only came forward now as no job to lose:
I have no idea who's telling the truth on the Flores/Grier $100,000 allegation. But for the 206 of you who have emailed me asking why Flores didn't report it to league when it allegedly happened, easy answer: He had a job he liked. An NFL head coaching job he didn't want to lose.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) February 3, 2022
After taking all of this into account what exactly is the situation? What is really going on here?
For starters I belief Flores loved being a Dolphin and leading this team to relevancy. I also believe Brian Belichick is pissed off as all get out at Flores for whooping his but so many times and thus YES HE WOULD SCREW HIM OUT OF A JOB. Especially with the Giants who also are known for whipping his but. IN THE SUPER BOWL NOW LESS!
I think it is a combination of being but hurt and actual crimes done. We will see what happens in court but many NFL teams will be effected.
So what happens in the end you ask? Well for starters the NFL is investigating:
Report: NFL plans to investigate Brian Flores’ allegations that Stephen Ross offered bribes to lose https://t.co/WV6xg1JtbB via @PFN365
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) February 3, 2022
That said… I believe is the racism is thrown out. Bill Belichick is banned from football if the allegations against him are true, Flores never coaches at the NFL level again, Ross gets banned from the NFL no matter what and the Dolphins are sold, New rules put in place to combat tanking, Grier gets banned from the NFL as well.
Then the Dolphins move on with a new owner, coaching staff, ETC.
This is a complete and utter mess that must be fixed ASAP! The courts will do most though the NFL must act as well.
BY: ADAM KING