The NFL has hired former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to represent it in the racial discrimination lawsuit filed by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. Lynch was appointed to the AG role under former President Barack Obama.
Sources confirmed to Bloomberg Law Wednesday (February 16) that Lynch had been hired as counsel to represent the league alongside Brad Karp of the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison legal firm.
Lynch, who joined the firm in 2019, was appointed to work on a case regarding workplace misconduct claims within the Washington Commanders team and franchise, Bloomberg reported. The outlet also reported that the legal firm has close ties with the league, handling an estimated 25% of the NFL's cases since 2007.
Flores, 40, filed the lawsuit against the NFL and three teams earlier this month, accusing them of racial discrimination in hiring practices. Flores revealed a text message conversation with New England Patriots owner Bill Bellichick that he said proved the team had already set the head coach job up for a white man despite him being slated to interview for the role several days later.
Flores also accused Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross of offering him $100,000 for each game he lost in order to secure a better draft pick next season. Ross has denied the claims, but if the league finds truth to the allegations, Ross could face severe penalties, The Hill reported.