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The Rule at the Center of the N.F.L. Discrimination Lawsuit

The Daily

The New York Times

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4.597.8K Ratings

🗓️ 14 February 2022

⏱️ 32 minutes

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Summary

As the N.F.L. season comes to a close, we’re looking at a class-action lawsuit that Brian Flores, a former head coach of the Miami Dolphins, has filed against the league. At the heart of the case is the Rooney Rule, a policy the league implemented two decades ago that has since been adopted across corporate America. We explore the lawsuit and the Rooney Rule, and we hear from Cyrus Mehri, a civil rights lawyer who helped create the policy. Guest: Ken Belson, a reporter covering the N.F.L. for The New York Times.

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0:00.0

From the New York Times, I'm Sabrina Tavernice. This is The Daily.

0:07.0

As the NFL season comes to a close, a former head coach of the Miami Dolphins has filed

0:16.0

a class action lawsuit against the league, accusing it of racial discrimination in its

0:21.6

hiring practices.

0:23.2

Today, my colleague Ken Belsing spoke to the civil rights lawyer who created the policy

0:30.8

at the center of the lawsuit.

0:40.2

It's Monday, February 14th.

0:45.5

So Ken, catch us up a bit here. What exactly has been going on with the NFL in this class

0:50.7

action lawsuit?

0:51.7

Well, it all starts with a guy named Brian Flores.

0:55.1

We are delighted to be joined by Brian Flores, who was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins

0:58.6

for the last several years, who has released the NFL.

1:00.4

And who is Brian Flores?

1:02.2

Brian Flores is a really interesting character in NFL terms.

1:05.7

He came from Brooklyn, grew up there, played football in college, and became a scouting assistant

1:10.8

with the New England Patriots during their very successful run of Super Bowl appearances.

1:15.0

Look, coaching is what I love. It's a passion of mine.

1:18.5

I'm called and gifted to do it.

1:21.6

And eventually he got a head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins in 2019 at a pretty young

1:27.6

age.

1:28.6

And look, the National Football League, I've been in the league 18 years.

1:31.4

He was less than 40 at the time.

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