This past week news broke that Brian Flores, former head coach of the Miami Dolphins and current NFL head coach aspirant, was hitting the league with a class-action lawsuit. Flores' suit claims that the NFL was engaged in unfair and discriminatory hiring practices. This is an explosive set of allegations in light of the Colin Kaepernick protest and his subsequent de facto blackballing. Sports -- often heralded as a "level playing field" -- is a good avatar for the broader society. Ultimately this is not specifically about sports. Many Black people reading the details of the Flores lawsuit could recall being in a similar situation. In that sense, what can the Flores lawsuit and the failures of the NFL tell us about the broader DEI malaise?
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