Giants deny Flores’ allegations, lay out timeline
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants strongly denied any wrongdoing of their interview course of with former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores and known as the allegations in opposition to them disturbing and easily false in a second assertion launched Thursday night.
The Giants laid out the timeline of occasions as a key rivalry that Flores’ interview was not a “sham,” which he contended in his lawsuit in opposition to the staff and league earlier this week. They had been additionally adamant that New England Patriots coach Invoice Belichick was offering his opinion and was not instructed of a choice that the textual content messages behind him and Flores contend had been made earlier than new Giants coach Brian Daboll had his in-person interview with the membership.
“The allegation that the Giants’ choice had been made previous to Friday night, January 28, is fake,” the Giants stated within the prolonged assertion. “And to base that allegation on a textual content alternate with Invoice Belichick by which he finally states that he “thinks” Brian Daboll would get the job is irresponsible. The textual content alternate occurred the day earlier than Coach Daboll’s in-person interview even occurred. Giants’ possession would by no means rent a head coach based mostly solely on a 20-minute zoom interview, which is all that Mr. Daboll had at that time.
“As well as, Mr. Belichick doesn’t communicate for and has no affiliation with the Giants. Mr. Belichick’s textual content alternate gives no perception into what truly transpired throughout our head teaching search.”
Flores sued the Giants, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins in a 58-page lawsuit earlier this week the place he claims alleged racial discrimination concerning his interview course of. Flores additionally alleged that the Giants interviewed him final month for his or her head-coaching emptiness for no different motive than compliance with the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires groups to interview minority candidates for his or her open positions. The league has amended that rule in recent times and now says groups should maintain an in-person interview with a minimum of one exterior minority candidate for any normal supervisor or head-coach opening.
Flores claims he went by a “sham” interview on Thursday, Jan. 27. His lawyer, John Elefterakis, stated on ESPN the job was “promised” to Daboll previous to that in-person assembly. Flores used the phrases “disbelief” and “humiliation” to explain his emotions coming into the interview. The Giants of their most up-to-date assertion on the subject say there “is extra concrete and goal proof to substantiate we didn’t make our choice till the night of the twenty eighth.” They supplied an in depth timeline of their curiosity in Flores.
It started with a cellphone name from co-owner John Mara to Flores two days after he was fired in Miami. Mara made it clear in that Jan. 12 name that the Giants would interview Flores as soon as they’d a normal supervisor in place. The 2 then had a Zoom name on Jan. 18 at Flores’ request to additional talk about his candidacy.
Flores then communicated with a number of different members of the group earlier than having dinner with new normal supervisor Joe Schoen the night time earlier than his Jan. 27 interview.
“The consensus from throughout the Giants group after this dinner remained that Mr. Flores was an excellent candidate, and we seemed ahead to sitting down with him in individual the subsequent day,” the assertion learn. “Our hiring course of and, most definitely, our consideration of Mr. Flores was critical and real. We’re dissatisfied to study that Mr. Flores was beneath the mistaken impression the job had already been awarded.
“In his CBS interview [Wednesday], Mr. Flores was requested if “golf equipment have the suitable to rent the individual they assume is one of the best certified for the job or the individual they really feel is true for them?” Mr. Flores responded “They do. That is very cheap to me.” That’s precisely what we did.
“We employed Brian Daboll as our head coach on the conclusion of an open and thorough interview course of. No choice was made, and no job provide was prolonged, till the night of January 28, a full day after Mr. Flores’ in-person interview and day-long go to to the Giants.”