National Football League files case to move former head coach Brian Flores’ lawsuit to arbitration

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The NFL on Tuesday filed a petition in federal court to compel arbitration in Brian Flores’ class action lawsuit against the league and multiple clubs, in which he and two other coaches allege racial discrimination in the league’s hiring policies. league.

Late Tuesday, the league and franchises submitted documents to the court presiding over the lawsuit brought by Brian Flores after he was fired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins in January.

The NFL said Flores and other coaches’ employment contracts with teams include terms requiring all issues to be resolved through arbitration.

Flores’ legal counsel said in a statement from April, when the NFL originally announced its intention to submit a ruling to compel arbitration, that doing so would undermine much-needed clarity in the case.

In March, Flores released a statement against the idea of ​​arbitration, saying, “The claims we have filed involve significant issues of systemic racial discrimination and the integrity of NFL football games. Unfortunately, the Dolphins and their attorneys, Quinn Emanuel and Paul Weiss, are trying to push the claims against the Dolphins into a secret arbitration proceeding that lacks transparency.

Former Raiders coach Jon Gruden also suspected the NFL moved its lawsuit to arbitration. In March, LOJ founder Amy Dash said: “The Dolphins might have a better chance of forcing this one into arbitration if there is in fact a clause in the employment contract between the coach and the club that deals with the resolution of these types of disputes in arbitration. , which is different from the Gruden trial.

Flores accused Dolphins owner Stephen Ross of offering to bribe him to fix games. He claimed that Ross offered him $100,000 per loss to intentionally fix Dolphins games so the team could fuel up and be able to get a first draft pick.

Flores also claims Ross pressured him to break league tampering rules and when he refused, Ross ‘set him up’ by putting him on a yacht with a potential quarterback. high level to force the meeting.

Flores claimed that once he refused, he was called an “angry black man” who was difficult to work with. Flores also claimed that one of the main points of his dismissal was that he was seen as not being communicative or collaborative enough.

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