Former Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores Sues NFL For Discrimination

Two Black NFL Coaches Join Brian Flores’ Discrimination Lawsuit Against the League

Two Black NFL Coaches Join Brian Flores’ Discrimination Lawsuit Against the League

Former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, now linebackers coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brian Flores filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) earlier this year. Two more NFL coaches have just recently joined him in that legal action.

According to NFL.com, two former NFL coaches, former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, now a defensive assistant coach with the Carolina Panthers and Ray Horton, a former defensive coordinator, who was a head coach candidate for the Tennessee Titans were added as plaintiffs in Flore’s class-action lawsuit.

The amended complaint, which was filed Thursday in the Southern District of New York, the suit has added new allegations of discrimination against four other NFL teams. The Cardinals, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans were included in this amendment.

In a written statement, Wilks stated he hoped the lawsuit would help bring racial equality to the league.

“When Coach Flores filed this action, I knew I owed it to myself, and to all Black NFL coaches and aspiring coaches, to stand with him,” he said. “This lawsuit has shed further important light on a problem that we all know exists, but that too few are willing to confront. Black coaches and candidates should have exactly the same ability to become employed, and remain employed, as white coaches and candidates.”

Horton has agreed to join the suit as he alleges the Titans conducted a “sham interview” when they spoke to him for the head coach vacancy in January 2016. He states that the team had already decided to hire Mike Mularkey. Horton was the Titans defensive coordinator at the time and Mularkey, who is white, was the team’s interim head coach.

In the updated complaint, an interview Mularkey gave on a 2020 podcast interview he said he regretted the process that led to him becoming the Titans head coach.

“I allowed myself at one point when I was in Tennessee to get caught up in something I regret, and I still regret it, but the ownership there, Amy Adams Strunk and her family, came in and told me I was going to be the head coach in 2016 before they went through the Rooney Rule,” Mularkey said at that time. “And so I sat there knowing I was the head coach in 2016, as they went through this fake hiring process knowing, knowing a lot of the coaches that they were interviewing, knowing how much they prepared to go through those interviews, knowing that everything they could do and they had no chance to get that job.”

Two Black NFL Coaches Join Brian Flores’ Discrimination Lawsuit Against the League

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