Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was one of the reported finalists for the Houston Texans’ head coaching position, which eventually went to Lovie Smith.
The Texans announced they had hired Smith, their defensive coordinator in 2021, earlier tonight.
Shortly after they did so, Flores’ lawyers Doug Wigdor and John Elefterakis released a statement regarding the decision.
In the statement, Wigdor and Elefterakis said Flores was “happy” to see Smith, a Black man, be hired as a head coach
but added that the “only reason” Flores was not hired by the Texans is because he is currently suing the NFL alleging racist hiring practices.
In a statement shared shortly after his lawsuit was filed, Flores said he recognizes he could be risking future employment by speaking out.
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,” Flores said
In making my 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.”