The messy Brian Flores saga continues.
In case you missed it: The former Miami Dolphins head coach, who was fired by the team at the end of the 2021 NFL regular season despite the team being within inches of qualifying for the playoffs, has decided to file a lawsuit against the league over allegations of racism.
The 40-year old claims that both the New York Giants and Denver Broncos engaged in “sham” interviews with him just to fulfill the league’s Rooney Rule of giving a person of colour an interview during the hiring process of a head coach or General Manager
“Humiliation, disbelief, anger. I’ve worked so hard to get to where I am in football to become a head coach. Put 18 years in this league, and to go on what was a sham interview, I was hurt.” said Flores.
In the lawsuit, he provided proof through text messages with New England Patriots’ Bill Bellichick, who accidentally texted congratulations to Flores instead of Brian Daboll for getting the Giants head coaching vacancy. The problem was Flores’ interview with the Giants hadn’t even taken place yet, and Bellichick knew that the team had already decided to hire Daboll before giving Flores a chance.
Flores also claims the prior to getting the job with the Dolphins, he interviewed with the Broncos. The Broncos front office allegedly showed up to the interview “hungover” and acted unprofessional throughout the process, which gave off the vibe that they already made their mind up prior to the interview.
The offseason isn’t over yet, and there are still a handful of head coaching vacancies to fill. Even if Flores gets hired by an NFL franchise, which is still his ultimate goal, he will not drop the lawsuit against the NFL
“This is about changing the hiring practices in the National Football League, and that’s what this lawsuit is about,” said Flores.
“I want to coach football that’s what I’m called to do.”
Packers on verge of signing All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander to lucrative four-year extension
Jaire Alexander is about to get paid!
According to reports, the Green Bay Packers have finalized their star cornerback to a lucrative four-year, $84 million contract extension that pays him an annual average value of $21 million.
The deal includes a massive $30 million signing bonus, which is the record for largest signing bonus giving to a defensive back.
The 25-year old, who was selected 18th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, has amassed 184 combined tackles, 44 passes defended, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles over a span of four seasons and 48 games with the franchise.
He is also a one-time Pro Bowl and was selected to a Second-team All-Pro in 2020.
Buccaneers to face Seahawks in NFL’s first ever game in Germany
The NFL is finally coming to Germany next season, and the league’s biggest star will grace them with his presence.
Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are scheduled to take on the Seattle Seahawks at 9:30 a.m. ET on November 13 at Allianz Arena in Munich. The stadium is home to Bundesliga powerhouse FC Bayern.
The league also announced a handful of other international games in multiple countries.
- New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings on October 2, and Green Bay Packers vs New York Giants on October 9 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Tottenham.
- Jacksonville Jaguars vs Denver Broncos on October 30 at Wembley Stadium in London.
- Arizona Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers on November 21 at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City for Monday Night Football.
Ravens trade receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals bolstered their receiving core in a big way!
The team announced that they have acquired wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and a 2022 third round pick (100th overall) from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for 23rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Subsequently, the Ravens ended up trading the 23rd overall pick they received in the deal to the Buffalo Bills. The Bills then used the pick to select cornerback Kaiir Elam out of Florida.
Brown, 24, recorded 195 receptions, 2361 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns over a span of 46 games and three seasons with the Ravens from 2019-2021.