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Brian Flores Has Troubling Accusation Against John Elway

A closeup of John Elway.

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 28: John Elway, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos, looks on as players warm up before a game between the Denver Broncos and the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 28, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Former Dolphins head coach Brian Flores is filing a class action lawsuit against the NFL, alleging "racism in hiring." Specifically pointing to the Giants, Dolphins and Broncos. The latter of which, accuses John Elway of giving Flores a "sham" interview.

Per Pro Football Focus' Ari Meirov, "Brian Flores [says] he interviewed with the Broncos in 2019, but GM John Elway and President Joe Ellis showed up an hour late." With Flores stating, "They looked completely disheveled, and it was obvious that they had been drinking heavily the night before.”

Meirov notes, "[The Broncos] eventually hired Vic Fangio."

The lawsuit reads, "It was clear from the substance of the interview that Mr. Flores was interviewed only because of the Rooney Rule, and that the Broncos never had any intention to consider him as a legitimate candidate for the job."

This is far from the first instance of practices such as these being alleged in NFL circles. After all, there is a reason the Rooney Rule exists.

However, with just two minority head coaches and owners respectively in a league that's only 25 percent white; it's clear that most owners are just checking off a box.