Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks and former defensive coordinator Ray Horton have officially joined Brian Flores' class-action lawsuit against the NFL.
Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL earlier this year, alleging the league and multiple teams of racial discrimination when it comes to the hiring processes.
Wilks was hired by the Cardinals in 2018. Despite having to deal with a subpar roster and a general manager who was suspended for five weeks because of a DUI, he didn't have a long leash in Arizona. He was fired in 2019 and replaced by Kliff Kingsbury.
In a statement that was released this Thursday, Wilks stressed the importance of shading light on the NFL's hiring process.
"When Coach Flores filed this action, I knew I owed it to myself, and to all Black NFL coaches and aspiring coaches, to stand with him," Wilks said. "This lawsuit has shed further important light on a problem that we all know exists, but that too few are willing to confront. Black coaches and candidates should have exactly the same ability to become employed, and remain employed, as white coaches and candidates. That is not currently the case, and I look forward to working with Coach Flores and Coach Horton to ensure that the aspiration of racial equality in the NFL becomes a reality."
For the most part, NFL fans believe Wilks was unfairly treated in Arizona.
"Good. Wilks DEFINITELY got a raw deal," one fan replied.
"Wilks was booted with the quickness," a second fan said.
"Steve Wilks is interesting. Guy just fell off the face of the earth after one disastrous season with Arizona," another fan tweeted. "I always thought he got a raw deal. But is it enough to prove the case correct?
Wilks is currently the defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach for the Carolina Panthers.
It'll be interesting to see if other NFL coaches join this class-action lawsuit.