Brian Flores has filed a lawsuit against the NFL and several teams over alleged racial discrimination.
The New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, and Denver Broncos are all in the spotlight as Flores looks to upend what he sees as the unfair culture in the NFL.
His main claim is that he has been interviewed multiple times simply to fulfill Rooney Rule requirements.
That rule states a team must interview a minority candidate for job openings.
Of course, this rule can be abused if teams conduct sham interviews just to appease the requirement.
Flores is alleging this happened with the Giants this year, and also in 2019 with the Denver Broncos.
Brian Flores also adds that he interviewed with the Broncos in 2019, but GM John Elway and President Joe Ellis showed up an hour late. “They looked completely disheveled, and it was obvious that they had been drinking heavily the night before.”
They eventually hired Vic Fangio. pic.twitter.com/r5fHmvTBs7
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) February 1, 2022
The lawsuit claims John Elway and others showed up to an interview an hour late, clearly “disheveled” from apparently partying the night before.
Flores also claims the interview was lacking depth to the point where he realized it was simply to fit the Rooney Rule.
Flores Revealing A Dark Side Of The NFL
This is obviously a serious claim and the Broncos are the latest team that must put out a statement on the matter.
Ultimately, this lawsuit is upsetting.
Flores is just one of many coaches experiencing this reality of interviews that have no shot to lead to jobs.
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) February 1, 2022
He himself was able to get a head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins, but that turned out to be a rough tenure because of owner Stephen Ross.
It goes without saying that showing up to an interview late and hungover is incredibly rude and unprofessional.
Sadly, it appears this is the way some teams do business to check a box in the hiring process.