August 11, 2022

Brian Flores’ legal professionals contact Roger Goodell statement a PR ploy

If Roger Goodell hoped a memo that acknowledged the dearth of black head coaches in the NFL is “unacceptable” would help the league’s fight from Brian Flores, the fired Dolphins coach’s new team (of legal professionals) fought again immediately.

About an hour after Goodell’s assertion, which announced unbiased staff would look at the procedures that have led to one active black head coach (Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin) in the league, Flores’ lawyers accused the commissioner of a “public relations ploy.”

In a assertion of their have, Flores’ lawyers pointed out that Goodell’s memo arrived 4 days just after the league “reflexively, and without any investigation,” denied Flores’ allegations that heart on a racist using the services of sample. Flores filed a course-motion lawsuit against the league and all 32 groups on Tuesday.

“The statement created right now by the Commissioner is, on the area, a beneficial first step, but we suspect that this is a lot more of a general public relations ploy than true determination to adjust,” Doug Wigdor and John Elefterakis mentioned. “For far too several a long time, the NFL has hidden guiding the go over of foundations that ended up meant to guard the rights of Black players and coaches, as perfectly as regulation corporations and gurus that purport to be impartial and independent, but are compensated for by the NFL.

Roger Goodell and previous Dolphins coach Brian Flores.
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“…The NFL is now rolling out the identical playbook still again and that is exactly why this lawsuit was filed.”

In his memo, Goodell said the league has built “significant endeavours to boost variety,” but admitted that the endeavours have not built plenty of of a big difference.

“We would be pleased to discuss to the Commissioner about real alter, but sadly he has not arrived at out to us to have interaction in this kind of a discussion,” the lawyers explained. “In fact, nobody from the NFL has attained out to us. Absent these kinds of a discussion followed by unbiased and concrete modify, we feel that a court docket or governmental company need to buy a federal watch to oversee the NFL as the NFL are not able to carry on to law enforcement by itself.”