Steve Wilks and Ray Horton Join Brian Flores’ Racial Discrimination Lawsuit Against NFL, Teams

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The Brian Flores lawsuit against the NFL has added two coaches.

Ray Horton, an NFL assistant since 1994, and Steve Wilks, a head coach in Arizona for one season, are now part of Brian Flores’ lawsuit filed against the NFL.

An amended complaint was also filed Thursday in the Flores lawsuit.

Due to his choice to file this case and speak publicly about systemic discrimination in the NFL, the Texans ‘retaliated’ against Flores by withdrawing him from consideration for their head coaching spot, according to an amended complaint filed by Flores legal team on Thursday.

“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,” former head coach Steve 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,” Wilks said.

Ray Horton alleged in the lawsuit that the Titans conducted a sham interview with him in 2016.

Horton’s proof was that Mularkey did a podcast and said he was told the job is his before anyone else got an interview.

“I continue to be humbled by the outpouring of support in connection with my claims against the NFL and applaud Steve Wilks and Ray Horton for standing up against systemic race discrimination,” Brian Flores said.  “Their claims are the unfortunate reality of the problems facing Black coaches in the NFL which our collective hope in this case is to end once and for all.”

ESPN has more here.