Roger Goodell Says NFL Won’t Tolerate Racism, Discrimination Over Brian Flores Accusations

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A week after a former coach accused the NFL of racial discrimination, the commissioner Roger Goodel said Wednesday the league would not tolerate racism or discrimination, calling it “against our values.” Brian Floresthe former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, made the allegations as part of a proposed class action lawsuit following what he called a “fictitious” interview for the Giants head coach job from New York.

During Goodell’s annual press conference before the superbowlthe commissioner did not directly address Flores’ lawsuit, saying it would “go through the legal process”.

Goodell said the NFL has made progress in hiring various candidates. “But not to the head coach, and that’s something that we really focused on, to try and get the kind of results that we expected, and we didn’t come close to that,” Goodell said.

In Flores’ lawsuit against the NFL, Dolphins, Giants and Denver Broncos, the former coach alleges the Giants had already decided who their next head coach would be before interviewing Flores. On “CBS Mornings” last week, Flores cited congratulatory text messages he received from New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick prior to his interview with the Giants. Flores said the texts appeared to be for Brian Daboll, who the Giants eventually hired.


Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores on his lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the NFL

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Flores called the Giants’ interview a ‘sham’ and his attorneys claimed it was only conducted to comply with the league’s so-called Rooney rule, a requirement for teams to interview people. of color for the best positions.

The commissioner said Wednesday that the NFL is reviewing its policies to see if any changes need to be made. “If we see evidence of discrimination, we will treat that in a very serious way that reflects that we won’t tolerate it, and I think our clubs understand that,” Goodell said.

Immediately after Flores filed the lawsuit, the NFL said the claims were “without merit.” The Giants said Flores was in the running for the coaching job “until the eleventh hour.”

Also on Wednesday, Goodell said the league would investigate allegations of sexual harassment against the Washington Commanders owner. Dan Snyder. Tiffani Johnston, who worked for the team in the early 2000s, testified before Congress last week that Snyder placed his hand on her thigh during a team dinner and also pushed her towards his limo with his hand on his lower back. Snyder denied the allegations.

“We need to understand what really happened in those circumstances and deal with that in the best and most serious way possible to make sure we preserve the kind of culture that we want in the NFL,” Goodell said.

Flores in his lawsuit also accused Dolphins owner Stephen Ross of offering him money to lose games to secure the team better draft picks. The Dolphins and Ross have denied Flores’ allegations.

The charges come as NFL officials prepare for Super Bowl LVI this Sunday, with the LA Rams against the Cincinnati bengals at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

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