Brian Flores says Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross supplied him NDA; crew calls claims ‘false and defamatory’


Brian Flores is again within the NFL, becoming a member of the Steelers as a senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach. However the former Dolphins head coach is not completed in his combat in opposition to alleged mistreatment in Miami, telling HBO’s “Actual Sports activities with Bryant Gumbel” on Tuesday that Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross supplied him a non-disparagement settlement upon his dismissal, which might’ve prevented him from saying something unfavourable in regards to the membership. The Dolphins have since disputed the declare, calling Flores’ allegations “false and defamatory,” and simply the most recent in a “sample of … unfounded statements.”

Flores, who filed a class-action lawsuit in opposition to the Dolphins, NFL and two different groups alleging racial discrimination, informed Bryant Gumbel he declined the separation settlement, which “would have actually silenced me.” Flores’ legal professional John Elefterakis added that the ex-Dolphins coach may’ve made tens of millions by means of the deal, which ran for 2 years. His different legal professional, Doug Wigdor, argued that Ross supplied the settlement to maintain alleged points — like Ross allegedly providing Flores $100,000 per loss in the course of the 2019 season in an effort to higher the Dolphins’ draft choose — underneath wraps.

“If it was in regards to the cash he would have signed it,” Wigdor stated of Flores’ resolution to say no the alleged provide, per ESPN. “What he did as a substitute was he filed this lawsuit in order that he may assist different coaches. … If a coach is terminated with a pair years or a yr left on their contract, they do not get paid until they signal a waiver, an NDA, confidentiality and non-disparagement. In order that they purchase their silence.”

The Dolphins, by means of a press release, have addressed the claims as outright lies.

“This newest assertion by Brian Flores that Steve Ross talked about an NDA to him is categorically false,” the assertion learn. “This simply didn’t occur and we merely can not perceive why Brian continues this sample of creating unfounded statements that he is aware of are unfaithful. We’re absolutely cooperating with the NFL investigation and sit up for the entire info popping out, which we’re assured will show that his claims are false and defamatory.”

The NFL is at the moment investigating Flores’ claims surrounding Ross and the Dolphins.


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