Lawsuit 'only reason' Flores wasn't hired as Texans head coach, 律师说

In a statement released on Monday, Flores’ attorneys said their client was favored to land a gig as the head coach of the Houston Texans but the lawsuit was the reason the team ultimately decided to promote defensive coordinator Lovie Smith to the top spot, the Score reported.

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“先生. Flores is happy to hear that the Texans have hired a Black head coach, Lovie Smith, as Mr. Floresgoal in bringing his case is to provide real opportunities for Black and minority candidates to be considered for coaching and executive positions within the NFL,” 声明读, the Houston Chronicle’s Brooks Kubena 发推文.

The attorneys then specifically claimed the decision their client was not selected was Flores’ lawsuit against the Dolphins, New York Giants and the Denver Broncos.

文件 - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, 中央, talks to down judge David Oliver (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Monday, 十二月. 27, 2021, 在新奥尔良.

文件 – Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, 中央, talks to down judge David Oliver (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints Monday, 十二月. 27, 2021, 在新奥尔良. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, 文件)

“然而, we would be remiss not to mention that Mr. Flores was one of the three finalists for the Texanshead coach position and, after a great interview and mutual interest, it is obvious that the only reason Mr. Flores was not selected was his decision to stand up against racial inequality across the NFL.

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在星期一, Texans general manager Nick Caserio announced the decision to hire Smith, 打电话给他 “a proven winner,” ESPN报道.

“[史密斯] is one of the most respected coaches in the NFL and an established leader,” Caserio said in a statement, 根据报告. “A proven winner, Lovie has shown the ability to develop players both on and off the field for years. We had numerous discussions with countless coaches, executives, and players, and what revealed itself is that Lovie has both the leadership and people skills it takes to lead us forward.

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Smith also shared a statement saying he is ready to rebuild the team, which finished 29th (的 32 团队) 去年.

HOUSTON, TEXAS - 十月 10: Defensive coordinator Lovie Smith reacts during the second half against the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on October 10, 2021 在休斯敦,德州s. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, 德州 – 十月 10: Defensive coordinator Lovie Smith reacts during the second half against the New England Patriots at NRG Stadium on October 10, 2021 在休斯敦, 德州. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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