According to Brian Flores, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross tried to get him to sign a separation agreement after he was fired, the former head coach told HBO’s Bryant Gumbel in an interview.
If he had actually signed it, Flores and his attorneys said his lawsuit against the team and the league wouldn’t have been filed.
“Just signing that separation agreement would have really silenced me,” Flores said on HBO’s “Real Sports.”
Flores’ attorneys said that because he declined to sign the separation agreement, which reportedly included an NDA, he gave up “a lot of money.” His lawyer then stated the amount was “millions” of dollars.
“To Coach Flores’ credit, he wasn’t gonna sign that, because he wanted — it wasn’t about the money,” attorney Doug Wigdor told Gumbel. “If it was about the money he would have signed it. What he did instead was he filed this lawsuit so that he could help other coaches, now and in the future.”
The Dolphins issued a statement Tuesday night denying Flores’ claims about a separation agreement.
“This latest assertion by Brian Flores that Steve Ross mentioned an NDA to him is categorically false,” the team said in a statement, via ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques. “This just did not happen and we simply cannot understand why Brian continues this pattern of making unfounded statements that he knows are untrue.
“We are fully cooperating with the NFL investigation and looking forward to all of the facts coming out which we are confident will prove that his claims are false and defamatory.”