Former Miami coach Brian Flores filed a lawsuit in New York on Tuesday against the NFL and named the Broncos and two other teams he says have engaged in racist practices against the hiring of Black coaches.
The Broncos, Dolphins and New York Giants were named in the lawsuit.
Flores, who interviewed with the Broncos in January 2019, said in the lawsuit that president/CEO Joe Ellis, then-general manager John Elway and “others” showed up an hour late to the interview and “looked completely disheveled and it was obvious that they had been drinking heavily the night before.”
The filing labeled the Broncos-Flores interview, as a “prior sham interview with the Denver Broncos.”
The filing said 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. Shortly thereafter, Vic Fangio, a white man, was hired to be head coach of the Broncos.”
The Broncos are listed as a defendant along with the Dolphins (who fired Flores last month), the Giants (who interviewed Flores last week), the NFL and “John Doe Teams 1-29.”