Posted on February 1, 2022

NFL Sued for Racial Discrimination by Former Dolphins Coach Brian Flores

Dan Primack, Axios, February 1, 2022

Brian Flores, who was fired last month as head coach of the Miami Dolphins, has sued the National Football League and each of its franchises for racial discrimination.

{snip} The NFL for decades has been criticized for its paucity of Black coaches, and now Flores plans to hold the league’s feet to the legal fire.

What the lawsuit says: “Mr. Flores has determined that the only way to effectuate real change is through the Courts, where the NFL’s conduct can be judged by a jury of Mr. Flores’ peers. A judgment that is long overdue.”


{snip} There is currently only one black head coach in the NFL, although there still are a few open positions. Flores’ law firm estimates that around 70% of NFL players are black.


Flores is asking, among other things, for an increase in the hiring influence of Black individuals, more transparency in hiring and firing decisions and an effort to help source Black investors to take majority ownership stakes in NFL teams.

  • “The need for change is bigger than my personal goals,” Flores said in a statement according to NFL Network.
  • “{snip} My sincere hope is that by standing up against systemic racism in the NFL, others will join me to ensure that positive change is made for generations to come.”