Bill Belichick, coach of the New England Patriots, mistakenly sent a text message to Brian Flores to congratulate the New York Giants on his work, thinking he was Brian Daboll.


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  • Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores accused the NFL of racism in a lawsuit on Tuesday.

  • Flores said he interviewed several positions that he claimed to have never run for.

  • He also said Bill Belichick sent him a text message on behalf of Brian Dabol to congratulate the Giants on his work.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick mistakenly sent a text to former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores to congratulate him on his job at the New York Giants, thinking he was Brian Dabol. rice field. According to explosive racist proceedings Submitted by Flores to the NFL and multiple teams.

Flores’ class proceedings filed on Tuesday target the Rooney Rule, the league’s diversity adoption mechanism, and the NFL claims to be “full of racism.”

The Rooney Rule, an affirmative action measure enacted in 2003, requires the NFL team to interview a variety of candidates for head coach positions.

At the heart of the proceedings, Flores’ lawyer congratulated another coach on the job of coaching the Giants, including a text from Bill Belichick on January 24th. — — Three days before the Giants interview scheduled by Flores.

According to the proceedings, Belichick sent a text message to Flores, “It sounds like you’ve landed — congratulations !!”.

Flores asked Belichick if he knew what the Patriots coach didn’t know, and Belichick replied, “I heard from Buffalo and the New York Giants that you were their man.” Screenshot showed.

Flores then asked Belichick if he was talking to Buffalo Bills’ then-Buffalo Bills attack coordinator, the current New York Giants coach, Brian Dabol.

According to the screenshot, “Sorry, I messed up this,” Belichick replied to Flores. “I double-checked the text and misread it. I think they named it Brian Dabol. I’m sorry about that.”

All Belichick representatives did not immediately respond to insider requests for comment.

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In the proceedings, a former Dolphins coach said that the “Dream Job” interview he lined up with the Giants for his head coach position was “only a discriminatory façade designed to show false adherence to the Rooney Rule. No, “he insisted.

Flores’ proceedings state that treatment is a pattern and he “stepped into an interview on Thursday without a chance to become the Giants head coach.”

In a statement, the Giants considered hiring Flores “up to 11 hours,” but said they hired someone who felt “best suited to be the next head coach.”

“We are pleased and confident in the process that led to the adoption of Brian Dabol,” the Giants said in a statement after the proceedings were filed. “We interviewed an impressive and diverse group of candidates.”

The Miami Dolphins told insiders that the team’s leadership “has violently denied allegations of racism and is proud of the diversity and inclusiveness of the entire organization.”

The NFL also denied the allegations made in the proceedings In the statement On Tuesday, the organization said it was committed to “fair employment practices” and would protect itself from allegations that it was made “without merit.”

In 2019, Flores said he had a similar experience Interview with Denver Broncos Head coach position after Broncos’ top executives claimed to have appeared an hour late in the interview.

“They looked completely disturbed, and it was clear they had [been] According to the proceedings, from the impression of Flores’ interview, Broncos added, “I didn’t intend to consider him a legitimate candidate for the job.”

Broncos Said The claims surrounding their team are “obviously wrong” and the “detailed notes, analysis and evaluation pages from our interviews” prove that they are really interested in adopting Flores. did.

Flores In a statement on Tuesday: He understands that his proceedings could endanger his coaching career.

“God has given me a special talent for coaching soccer games, but the need for change is greater than my personal goal,” he said. In the statement..

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