Giants react to Bill Belichick’s text messages in Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit

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Giants react to Bill Belichick’s text messages in Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit
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The Giants released a statement Thursday night slamming the claims made in Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit against the NFL that described his Jan. 27 head-coaching interview with the team as a “sham interview.”

The statement also addressed text messages Bill Belichick allegedly sent Flores by mistake that indicated the Giants had already decided to hire former Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll before Flores’ interview. The team distances itself from Belichick, and said his texts did not reflect any insight into its head-coaching search.

The complete statement can be read here. The section addressing Belichick’s messages is below.

“The allegation that the Giants’ decision had been made prior to Friday evening, January 28, is false. And to base that allegation on a text exchange with Bill Belichick in which he ultimately states that he ‘thinks’ Brian Daboll would get the job is irresponsible. The text exchange occurred the day before Coach Daboll’s in-person interview even took place. Giants’ ownership would never hire a head coach based only on a 20-minute zoom interview, which is all that Mr. Daboll had at that point.

“In addition, Mr. Belichick does not speak for and has no affiliation with the Giants. Mr. Belichick’s text exchange provides no insight into what actually transpired during our head coaching search.
It has been well documented how much research and due diligence we did on Mr. Flores as it related to his candidacy. John Mara called Mr. Flores two days after he was dismissed in Miami.

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“Mr. Mara expressed to Mr. Flores in that January 12 call that once we had our new general manager in place, we would begin the process of hiring our head coach and we wanted to meet with Mr. Flores because we considered him a serious candidate for the position. Mr. Mara and Mr. Flores then had their first formal conversation in a 25-30 minute zoom call on January 18 (at Mr. Flores’ request) to further discuss his candidacy.”

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