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Brian Flores isn’t the one NFL coach supplied a tanking bounty by an proprietor


Brian Flores’ explosive lawsuit towards the NFL and all 32 of its groups for racial discrimination in hiring practices levied a number of critical allegations towards the league. Flores’ lawsuit contains textual content messages from Invoice Belichick that present Flores was already out of competition for the New York Giants’ open head teaching job earlier than he even interviewed. It alleges his status for being troublesome to work with began when he refused to tamper with a free agent quarterback on the yacht of Miami’s proprietor. It claims Broncos executives confirmed up hungover and unprepared once they interviewed him for his or her head teaching place.

But essentially the most jarring accusation made in Flores’ lawsuit could be the assertion he was supplied a bounty to lose video games to enhance the Dolphins’ draft standing. Tanking is after all nothing new in skilled sports activities, notably within the NFL the place the highest choose isn’t determined by a ‘lottery’ just like the NBA and NHL. In keeping with Flores, Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross supplied him $100K for each sport the staff misplaced throughout the head coach’s first season in 2019 to enhance draft place.

Right here’s an excerpt from the submitting:

The Dolphins proprietor, Stephen Ross, was sad with this efficiency not as a result of it was under-performing. On the contrary, Mr. Ross wished the Mr. Flores to “tank” the season to place the staff in place to safe the primary choose within the draft. Certainly, throughout the 2019 Mr. Ross instructed Mr. Flores that he would pay him $100,000 for every sport misplaced that yr. Then, when the Dolphins began successful video games, due in no small half to Mr. Flores’ teaching, Mr. Flores was instructed by the staff’s Normal Supervisor, Chris Grier, that “Steve” was “mad” that Mr. Flores’ success in successful video games that yr was “compromising [the team’s] draft place.”

It says this later within the lawsuit:

Over the remaining yr and a half of Mr. Flores tenure on the helm of the Miami Dolphins, he was routinely made to really feel uncomfortable based mostly upon his choice not tank to be able to safe the highest choose within the 2019 draft. Upon info and perception, no white Head Coach has ever been subjected to such ridicule over successful and holding the spirt of the sport in such excessive regard. Actually, Mr. Flores was in the end terminated and subsequently defamed all through the media and the League as he was labeled by the Dolphins brass as somebody who was troublesome to work with. That is reflective of an all too acquainted “offended black man” stigma that’s typically casted upon Black males who’re robust of their morals and convictions whereas white males are coined as passionate.

Tanking has lengthy been a scorching button subject throughout each sports activities league. In a system the place the worst groups are awarded essentially the most favorable draft place, it stands to cause unhealthy groups wish to lose as many video games as potential to get a shot on the high abilities within the draft. The NBA modified its guidelines round tanking a couple of years again after Sam Hinkie’s Sixers had been slightly too shameless about making an attempt to lose now to win sooner or later.

Bounties for tanking, although? That seems like a brand new one, but it surely’s apparently not distinctive within the NFL.

After Flores’ lawsuit got here out, former Cleveland Browns coach Hugh Jackson alleged he was additionally given rewards for dropping video games. In responding to individuals on Twitter, Jackson stated Browns proprietor Jimmy Haslam was happy when Cleveland would lose, and that he was providing “a great quantity” for losses.

The Browns went 1-15 in Jackson’s first season as head coach in 2016. They went 0-16 in his second season in 2017. Each instances, the Browns earned the No. 1 choose within the draft.

Flores went on ‘CBS Mornings’ a day after submitting the swimsuit, and expounded on why he was so offended on the thought of receiving bonus cash to lose. For Flores, it’s all in regards to the integrity of the sport.

“This sport’s achieved so much for me. I grew up not removed from right here within the initiatives in Brownsville, Brooklyn. I didn’t develop up with so much. This sport, you recognize, modified my life. So to assault the integrity of the sport, that’s what I felt was occurring in that occasion. And I wouldn’t stand for it….I believe it damage my standing inside the group and in the end was the explanation why I used to be let go.”

The Dolphins and Browns’ conditions present either side of the coin in terms of tanking.

The Dolphins didn’t get the No. 1 total choose within the 2020 NFL Draft like their proprietor wished. The primary choose that yr was Joe Burrow, who has led the Cincinnati Bengals to the Tremendous Bowl. Miami as an alternative picked No. 5 and selected QB Tua Tagovailoa, who has been inconsistent thus far in his brief profession. However the Dolphins nonetheless had a chance to take a franchise QB with that choose: one choice later, the Chargers drafted Justin Herbert. The Dolphins merely made the mistaken choose.

The Browns tanked for 2 years. Within the first yr, they landed defensive finish Myles Garrett with the No. 1 choose, who has been superior. In 2018, the Browns chosen QB Baker Mayfield with the highest choose. He’s been a disappointment and his days with the franchise are probably over.

Flores uncovered a number of uncomfortable issues within the NFL, and providing bounties for tanking losses is close to the highest of the listing. There deserves to be punishment from the league over this, however we’ll see if the NFL really has sufficient of a spine to do it.




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