Saturday, September 23

What if Black NFL coaching candidates just turned down interviews?

One year from now, when NFL teams fire their yearly batch of coaches and begin scrambling to fill their vacancies with predetermined candidates of their choice, the fallout of the Brian Flores lawsuit will be felt.

That’s regardless of what happens in a courtroom, regardless of whether the NFL actually decides to investigate serious allegations of tanking (Haha!). The text messages Flores included in his lawsuit, from Bill Belichick allegedly congratulating a different candidate on likely getting a job Flores was still yet to interview for, and Flores’s face on television Wednesday morning, describing what it felt like to walk into what he felt was not a legitimate interview, will resonate with coaches of color around the NFL who know this feeling all too well.

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