A few days after the New York Giants officially hired Brian Daboll to be their new head coach, candidate Brian Flores aimed at the organization for perceived racial bias.
Many factors play into Flores’s class-action lawsuit against the Giants and Miami Dolphins, but one thing seems for sure, co-owner John Mara considered Flores, a legitimate candidate for the head coaching spot.
Mara reached out to Flores immediately after he fired Joe Judge to indicate that he was interested in his services, but after hiring general manager Joe Schoen from the Buffalo Bills, he gave the majority of power to his new football czar.
However, texts from Bill Belichick indicate that Flores never really had a chance and that Daboll was in line to be the next head coach of the Giants, despite Mara’s interest in the form of Miami HC.
Belichick accidentally texted Flores instead of Daboll, prematurely congratulating him on landing the job, which started a tsunami of legalities with Flores at the helm.
“It was a range of emotions,” Flores said while appearing on “CBS Mornings” Wednesday. “Humiliation. Disbelief. Anger. I worked so hard to get where I am in football to become a head coach. To go in on what was a sham interview, I was hurt.”
Texts from Bill Belichick to Brian Flores, congratulating Brian for landing the #Giants job.
Belichick thought he was texting Brian Daboll. He was texting Flores by mistake. pic.twitter.com/Y686XcjYC3
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 1, 2022
Whether or not Flores has a legitimate case is yet to be seen and will be determined in court, most likely. The Giants are content with her head coaching search and process, stating that Flores was involved until the 11th hour, which contradicts Belichick’s texts.
“We are pleased and confident with the process that resulted in the hiring of Brian Daboll,” the Giants said in a statement. “We interviewed an impressive and diverse group of candidates. The fact of the matter is, Brian Flores was in the conversation to be our head coach until the eleventh hour. Ultimately, we hired the individual we felt was most qualified to be our next head coach.”
It really boils down to where Belichick got this information in the first place and if it was a current member of the New York Giants.
Flores also targeted the Rooney Rule, put in place to guarantee minority candidates an opportunity to sit in front of ownership and make their case for vacant head coaching positions.
“The Rooney Rule was intended to give minorities an opportunity to sit down with ownership,” Flores said. “What it’s turned into, it’s just guys checking a box.”
At the end of the day, Flores will need to provide ample proof of the wrongdoings from the Giants, but at this point in time, all we can do is sit and wait for more truth to be uncovered.