Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores sent shock waves throughout the NFL when he filed aclass action lawsuit in district court in New York on Tuesday, alleging that not only was he a victim of the “Rooney Rule”, but that the NFL is run like a slave plantation.
Named in his lawsuit were the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Dolphins, and the NFL itself.
“In certain critical ways, the NFL is racially segregated and is managed much like a plantation,” the lawsuit charged. “Its 32 owners — none of whom are black — profit substantially from the labor of NFL players, 70% of whom are black.”
And while the Broncos, Dolphins, Giants and NFL have responded to the Flores lawsuit and vigorously denied his claims, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has offered his own reaction.
“I can see it’s an area, one of many, that we can do better,” Jones said Wednesday. “The area has some good attention. This is obvious if you look through that that the league and coaches are trying to improve there.”
“I think the fact that it’s an issue shows not only the league’s willingness to address and do better,” Jones continued. “I think the fact that it’s being discussed as to how the Rooney Rule or what drives the Rooney Rule could be better. In the case of coach Flores’ complaint, he’s saying it could be better and the processes create positive result for the league.”
– – Quotes via USA Today Link – –