The Houston Texans are now in trouble with Brian Flores now.
In addition to the pending claims against the league, the Dolphins, the Broncos, and the Giants, a source told PFT that the case will be amended to state a retaliation claim against the Texans for failing to hire Flores.
“Flores was one of the three finalists for the job. Then, the job went to Lovie Smith. Common sense suggests that the Texans realized they couldn’t hire unproven and inexperienced Josh McCown, and they wouldn’t hire Flores. Smith became the compromise candidate, arguably thrown into the mix late to allow the Texans to avoid hiring Flores.”
Brian Flores’s legal team released a statement last week on the Texans’ decision to hire Lovie Smith as the franchise’s new coach. In the statement, attorneys Douglas Wigdor and John Elefterakis explained that Flores is “happy to hear” that Houston hired a Black head coach. However, they said that their client, who was a finalist for the Texans job, was not selected for the position because of his “decision to stand up against racial inequality across the NFL.”
“Mr. Flores is happy to hear that the Texans have hired a Black head coach, Lovie Smith, as Mr. Flores’ goal in bringing his case is to provide real opportunities for Black and minority candidates to be considered for coaching and executive positions within the NFL,” the statement said. “However, we would be remiss not to mention that Mr. Flores was one of three finalists for the Texans’ head coach position and, after a great interview and mutual interest, it is obvious that the only reason Mr. Flores was not selected was his decision to stand up against racial inequality across the NFL.”
Flores was fired Jan. 10 after going 24–25 in three seasons as Miami’s coach. He also interviewed for the Saints vacancy, which was reportedly filled by New Orleans defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.