Former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning defended the team against accusations of racial bias by Brian Flores, the former Miami Dolphins head coach who is suing the NFL for discrimination.
The lawsuit from Flores alleges that the Giants management team had already chosen another coach for the job opening, but they went on to interview him. Flores discovered the futility of his interview when New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick accidentally texted him a congratulations, believing he was texting Brian Daboll who later got the job.
Manning said on Wednesday that the Giants did nothing wrong in his opinion.
“I know the Giants organization. I know they do everything possible to give everybody a fair chance,” said Manning to the New York Post.
“They don’t care, minority or not, they are looking for the best possible candidate,” he added. “They are going to do everything properly to look for that perfect candidate. So, I don’t think there was any wrongdoing there.”
Manning clarified that he was not involved in the process of the team finding a new head coach and didn’t know the details outside of the lawsuit accusations.
Flores made other bombshell accusations in the lawsuit, including the claim that the owner of the Miami Dolphins offered him $100,000 per lost game in order to improve their draft status. He also said that in a meeting with the Denver Broncos, then-manager John Elway and others arrived an hour late, disheveled, and looked like they had been drinking too hard the night before.
The Giants, the Dolphins, and the Broncos all released statements denying the accusations by Flores.
Manning led the Giants to two Super Bowl championship victories, both against the New England Patriots headed by iconic quarterback Tom Brady.
Here’s more about the allegations from Flores:
Former Miami Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores Is Accusing NFL Of Racism www.youtube.com