Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is filing a class action lawsuit against the NFL, alleging “racism in hiring.” Among the many things he pointed out was accusing John Elway of giving Flores a “sham” interview.
“Brian Flores [says] he interviewed with the Broncos in 2019, but GM John Elway and President Joe Ellis showed up an hour late.” With Flores stating, “They looked completely disheveled, and it was obvious that they had been drinking heavily the night before.”
The lawsuit reads, “It was clear from the substance of the interview that Mr. Flores was interviewed only because of the Rooney Rule, and that the Broncos never had any intention to consider him as a legitimate candidate for the job.”
The Denver Broncos have since issued a fiery response to those allegations.
“The allegations from Brian Flores directed toward the Denver Broncos in today’s court filing are blatantly false,” the statement reads.
“Our interview with Mr. Flores regarding our head coaching position began promptly at the scheduled time of 7:30 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2019 in a Providence, R.I., hotel. There were five Broncos executives present for the interview, which lasted approximately three-and-a-half hours—the fully allotted time—and concluded shortly before 11 a.m.
“Pages of detailed notes, analysis and evaluations from our interview demonstrate the depth of our conversation and sincere interest in Mr. Flores as a head coaching candidate.
“Our process was thorough and fair to determine the most qualified candidate for our head coaching position. The Broncos will vigorously defend the integrity and values of our organization—and its employees—from such baseless and disparaging claims.”
The class-action lawsuit filed by Flores, who was fired at the end of the 2021-22 regular season by the Dolphins, alleges the NFL is still “rife with racism” in its hiring practices.
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