The former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has reacted to ex-Dolphins coach, Brian Flores suing the NFL over alleged racist hiring practices for aspiring coaches. Flores alleges that “the Dolphins offered him $100,000 a game his first season to “tank” so the club could secure the top draft pick.” Bryant has posted two videos on Twitter all ranting in support of Brian Flores suing the NFL.
The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court sought class-action status and unspecified damages from the league, the Dolphins, the Denver Broncos and the New York Giants, along with unidentified individuals.
Flores was fired last month by Miami after leading the Dolphins to a 24-25 record over three years. They went 9-8 in their second straight winning season, but failed to make the playoffs during his tenure.
In a statement released by the law firm representing him, Flores said: “God has gifted me with a special talent to coach the game of football, but the need for change is bigger than my personal goals.”
“In making the decision to file the class action complaint today, I understand that I may be risking coaching the game that I love and that has done so much for my family and me. 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,” he said.
In a statement, the NFL said it will defend “against these claims, which are without merit.”
It added: “The NFL and our clubs are deeply committed to ensuring equitable employment practices and continue to make progress in providing equitable opportunities throughout our organizations. Diversity is core to everything we do, and there are few issues on which our clubs and our internal leadership team spend more time.”
Bryant implies he thought there was some funny business going on with the Cowboys during his last season with the team. He says they ran the same plays out of the same formations all the time and Dak Prescott refused to throw him the ball when he was open. He goes on to say he supports Flores while planting the seeds the Cowboys might have been tanking as well.
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