Brian Flores

 Release Statement

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.

Brian Flores

 Release Statement

The Texans announced they had hired Smith, their defensive coordinator in 2021, earlier tonight.

Brian Flores

 Release Statement

Shortly after they did so, Flores’ lawyers Doug Wigdor and John Elefterakis released a statement regarding the decision.

Brian Flores

 Release Statement

In the statement, Wigdor and Elefterakis said Flores was “happy” to see Smith, a Black man, be hired as a head coach

Brian Flores

 Release Statement

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.

Brian Flores

 Release Statement

In a statement shared shortly after his lawsuit was filed, Flores said he recognizes he could be risking future employment by speaking out.

Brian Flores

 Release Statement

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

Brian Flores

 Release Statement

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.

Brian Flores

 Release Statement

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.”