Brian Flores will file an amended complaint before April 11

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As it turns out, the NFL isn’t immediately on the clock to respond to the Brian Flores civil complaint. The league isn’t on the clock because Flores will soon be amending the lawsuit.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, attorney Douglas Wigdor requested on Friday, March 4, an adjournment of a conference set for March 18, 2022, based on the fact that Wigdor plans to file on behalf of Flores an amended complaint. The parties have agreed that the defendants will have 45 days to respond to the amended complaint, which will be filed on or before April 11, 2022.

The letter from Wigdor to Judge Valerie E. Caproni doesn’t specify any reasons for the intended amendment of the complaint. PFT previously has reported that Flores intends to amend his allegations to include a claim of retaliation against the Texans, for not hiring him to become the team’s new head coach.

Under the timeline contained in Wigdor’s letter, the response to the amended complaint won’t be due until late May. Which means that, nearly four months after the filing of the case, the NFL will make its first official response. Which is an example of the reality that civil cases often can take a long time to resolve.

27 responses to “Brian Flores will file an amended complaint before April 11

  1. Let’s look at this, Flores record as an NFL coach is 24-25 and Smith’s record is 89-87 with a 3-3 post season. So could you run that by me one more time why you think you are better than who the organization hired. It is time to show what you have for credit ability Mr. Flores, because you sir are losing public support, because you have already made more money than most American’s will make in a life time.

  2. I find it ironic that a man who was woefully bad as a coach at throwing the challenge flag in games is now challenging the decision of every team that didn’t hire him as a coach.

  3. I applied for the CEO position at a Fortune 500 company but didn’t get it. Can I sue them, too? This guy is delusional.

  4. I need to get this guys lawyer to they can go file suit on every company that didn’t hire me. No wonder this he didn’t work out in Miami.

  5. What is the amendment? Maybe Flores is realizing this is really going to happen and maybe his mouth has written a check his rearend can’t cash.

  6. I really really really wanted to support this guy. I did. But then I found out the Giants had already interviewed Leslie Frazier. In other words, they had fulfilled their Rooney rule “obligation”. So the interview with Flores was legit, they didn’t “have to” due to the Rooney rule. Now it seems to be devolving into “anyone that doesn’t hire me is an evil person”. I can’t believe I’m about to say this: It seems like maybe the Dolphins were telling the truth when they said this guy is just an awful coworker.

  7. I’m not sure Flores grasps the full scale of what this lawsuit will do. He is accusing the Dolphins of firing him because he’s black and they’re apparently racist….even though they hired him 3 years ago and he was black then too. Then they replaced him with a black man. Now he is trying to include the Texans for not hiring him because he’s black, even through they just came off a black coach and have hired another black coach. What he’s doing is making a mockery of race relations and basically crying wolf. It weakens the whole movement.

  8. The Texans have had enough PR and other issues to add more drama to an organization that needs calm.
    So far hiring Lovie Smith has been that calming presence.
    He’s also coached a team to the SB, well respected around the league. Texans did the right thing.
    What has Flores really accomplished in the League so far?

  9. golions1 says:
    March 7, 2022 at 8:16 am
    If true, his attorneys seem to be at high risk of getting hit with sanctions.
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    If what is true? Filing an amended complaint? Such filings are routine in civil cases, nothing sanctionable about that. Agreeing to a 45 day schedule? Such agreements happen all of the time, nothing sanctionable about that. Including a retaliation claim against the Texans? There are sufficient facts to support such a claim, nothing sanctionable about that.

    Perhaps you could be clearer about what you Flores’ counsel could be sanctioned for if they file an amended complaint.

  10. His lawsuit had nothing to do with the Houston Texans so how could this be retaliation? Employees of teams are not employees of the NFL. Each team is an independent entity and are not part of a bigger company…ie the NFL. How can they retaliate against someone they never employed and were never part of the original lawsuit?

  11. Rich Roberts says:
    March 7, 2022 at 10:38 am
    So, there would be an earlier response, had he not chosen to amend it?
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    Not necessarily. As Mike noted, requests for extensions to file pleadings are routinely granted.

    The more interesting aspect in this situation is that, in most jurisdictions, the initial Complaint can be amended as a matter of right prior to the filing of a response. After a response the plaintiff must have leave from the court to file an amendment. It appears that in this case the parties agreed to the time line described in the article, which is perfectly acceptable.

  12. Remember Brian Flores did not get fired solely because of his mediocre win/loss record, he got fired because Flores reportedly was thin-skinned, cranky, and hard to work with.

  13. At least Flores’ lawyers are happy to take his money, his case gets shakier every time he opens his mouth, he has zero case against the Texans especially since it looks like Lovie is a bit more qualified that Flores, which will then make all the other aspects look very week and a lot more like a disgruntled employee. Not-to-mention, it will probably be a year or two or even three before it is heard in front of a jury, look for the NFL end their endless coffers to drag this out for years until Flores’ is completely broke and now untouchable as a head coach.

  14. It seems that the entire basis for his argument is simply that he didn’t get the job.

    He was hired as a head coach despite having no head coaching experience, and got three seasons in a job for which the median tenure is three seasons.

    Maybe one of the many available more-qualified coaches who didn’t get hired by Miami should sue. Or maybe everyone else knows it’s just a small pool of jobs and many variables are in play.

  15. If Brian Flores put as much effort into coaching as he does at complaining and coming up with lame lawsuits, he’d end up with more wins and titles than Bill Belichick.

  16. gibson45 says:
    March 7, 2022 at 10:02 am
    golions1 says:
    March 7, 2022 at 8:16 am
    If true, his attorneys seem to be at high risk of getting hit with sanctions.
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    If what is true? Filing an amended complaint? Such filings are routine in civil cases, nothing sanctionable about that. Agreeing to a 45 day schedule? Such agreements happen all of the time, nothing sanctionable about that. Including a retaliation claim against the Texans? There are sufficient facts to support such a claim, nothing sanctionable about that.

    What facts are you talking about, let alone sufficient facts, that the Texans are retaliating against Flores by hiring a more experienced coach with a better record and has coached a team to a Super Bowl, oh, and for the loud minority of people of all races who think skin color is a primary qualification, also happens to be black.

    In order to win against the Texans, Flores would have to prove that the league forced the Texans to not hire him, that they, in effect, have the power to force the personnel decisions of a single team, presumably because they want him out of the league, but would then let the Steelers hire him. Absurd.

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