Brian Flores lawsuit: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says claims are ‘false, malicious and defamatory’

Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross on Wednesday delivered a strongly worded reply to former Miami coach Brian Flores’ racial discrimination lawsuit towards the crew, two different golf equipment and the NFL, in addition to Flores’ allegations that Ross needed to incentivize dropping three years in the past.

Within the swimsuit, which was filed Tuesday in federal court docket, Flores mentioned that Ross provided him a $100,000-per-game bonus for each loss by the Dolphins within the 2019 season, Flores’ first because the crew’s head coach. 

Ross made a blanket denial of the allegations in his assertion, which he launched to ESPN and different media Wednesday evening.

“Almost about the allegations being made by Brian Flores, I’m a person of honor and integrity and can’t allow them to stand with out responding. I take nice private exception to those malicious assaults, and the reality should be recognized. His allegations are false, malicious and defamatory. We perceive there are media experiences stating that the NFL intends to research his claims, and we are going to cooperate totally. I welcome that investigation and I’m desirous to defend my private integrity, and the integrity and values of the whole Miami Dolphins group, from these baseless, unfair and disparaging claims.”

Ross didn’t present particular data to assist his denial.

Just a few hours earlier than Ross’ assertion, the Dolphins mentioned in a separate launch that they “vehemently deny any allegations of racial discrimination and are pleased with the variety and inclusion all through our group.”

“The implication that we acted in a way inconsistent with the integrity of the sport is wrong,” the crew added.  

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The league introduced Wednesday it could examine Flores’ allegations. On Tuesday, it responded to the lawsuit by saying it was “with out benefit.” 

Flores says he refused to go together with Ross’ tanking plan, which in flip marked him for dismissal.

“I feel it harm my standing inside the group, and in the end, it was the rationale why I used to be let go,” he advised “CBS Mornings” on Wednesday.

NFL Community’s Cameron Wolfe reported Wednesday {that a} “witness” advised him he heard Ross provide Flores the bonuses. Wolfe additionally reported that Flores’ representatives say the previous coach has messages from Dolphins normal supervisor Chris Grier that can corroborate his claims.

MORE: Flores tells CBS he was fired for refusing to tank

Miami started the 2019 season 0-7 amid a roster teardown however went 5-4 over its ultimate 9 video games to complete 5-11. The crew selected fifth general within the first spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft and took Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa over Oregon’s Justin Herbert.

The Dolphins went 10-6 in Flores’ second yr, simply lacking the AFC playoffs. They began 1-7 this season, dropping seven in a row after a Week 1 win, earlier than rallying to complete 9-8, successful seven in a row at one level. However they missed the playoffs once more and Ross fired Flores on Jan. 10, someday after Miami’s Week 18 sport.

After Flores was fired, he interviewed with the Giants, Texans and Bears for his or her vacant head teaching positions. Three days earlier than the interview with the Giants, he obtained a textual content message from Patriots coach and former boss Invoice Belichick, who appeared to inform Flores “It sounds such as you landed” the New York job. Later within the dialog, Flores requested Belichick if he meant to textual content one other former Pats assistant, Brian Daboll, who was additionally interviewing for the job. Belichick realized he texted the incorrect Brian and apologized to Flores. The Giants employed Daboll on Friday.      

MORE: Learn the textual content messages that sparked Brian Flores’ lawsuit towards NFL

Flores filed his class-action swimsuit within the Southern District of New York on Tuesday, claiming the league has lengthy been racist in its hiring practices. He named the NFL, the Dolphins, the Giants and the Broncos as defendants.

The Giants mentioned in a press release Tuesday that Flores was a candidate “till the eleventh hour” and that they employed “the person we felt was most certified to be our subsequent head coach.” 

Denver interviewed Flores in 2019 earlier than Miami employed him. Flores claims Broncos president & CEO Joe Ellis and normal supervisor John Elway “regarded fully raveled and it was apparent that that they had been ingesting closely the evening earlier than” the assembly. He additionally mentioned the interview was a “sham,” that the Broncos talked to him to satisfy the league’s Rooney Rule, which is meant to encourage minority hiring in teaching.

The Broncos referred to as Flores’ claims towards Ellis and Elway “blatantly false.” Flores is standing by his claims.


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