NFL world reacts to Brian Flores’ lawsuit, including Black coaches allege similar experiences

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NFL world reacts to Brian Flores’ lawsuit, including Black coaches allege similar experiences
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After fired Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores dropped bombshell accusations in a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, alleging racial discrimination by teams in the hiring practices and treatment of Black coaches, reaction started piling in, mostly in support of Flores.

Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, a Black man, shared on ESPN on Wednesday morning that he once was asked to interview with the Carolina Panthers in 2002 after seeing media reports that said John Fox, who is white, was the candidate slated to be named head coach.

Lewis was discouraged that after the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates, was instituted in 2003, the NFL now has fewer Black coaches. Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers is currently the only Black head coach.

“We have not had progress,” Lewis told ESPN. “Despite the Rooney Rule, there has not been progress. There has been regression.”

Former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson insinuated on Twitter, like Flores claims happened with the Dolphins and owner Steve Ross in his lawsuit, that he was offered bonuses by Browns owner Jimmy Haslam for losing games to tank for a higher draft pick in Cleveland.

Dolphins defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander had one of the most genuine responses posted on social media.

“I already had a lot of respect for Brian Flores before [Tuesday],” tweeted Alexander, who was on Flores’ staff the past two seasons in Miami. “[Tuesday] confirmed he’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around.”

New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty, who played under Flores when he was an assistant there, tweeted: “Flo has always been a special individual… has been pivotal in my career and love that I can support him for calling out what we all already know.”

Ex-Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills voiced what he feels needs to happen for change.

“The answer is diversity in ownership,” Stills tweeted. Every NFL majority owner is white.

Former NFL wide receiver Dez Bryant tweeted: “I’m going to be real this give me courage to speak on my personal situations dealing with the NFL…. I never liked how my name got falsely slandered.. my narrative was controlled and I had no real guidance…. I’m with Brian Flores!”

Nate Solder, an offensive tackle who played on Patriots teams that had Flores as an assistant coach, tweeted: “B Flo has always been a man of conviction and character. I am proud of him for risking so much and standing for truth and justice at great risk and cost to himself and his family. I got your back coach.”

This story will be updated.

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