Brian Flores dropped a bombshell on the NFL on Tuesday, filing a class-action lawsuit accusing the New York Giants and the rest of the league of racial discrimination in their hiring practices.

The most shocking parts of the lawsuit involved allegations that the Giants had already decided to hire Brian Daboll before interviewing Flores and that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered him $100,000 per loss in 2019 in order to tank on purpose.

However, the Denver Broncos and John Elway also get namechecked in the lawsuit over an interview that Flores attended for their head coaching vacancy in 2019.

“In 2019 Mr. Flores was scheduled to interview with the Denver Broncos,” read the lawsuit. “However, the Broncos’ then-General Manager, John Elway, President, and Chief Executive Officer Joe Ellis and others, showed up an hour late to the interview. They looked completely disheveled, and it was obvious that they had [been] drinking heavily the night before. It was clear from the substance of the interview that Mr. Flores was interviewed only because of the Rooney Rule, and that the Broncos never had any intention to consider him as a legitimate candidate for the job. Shortly thereafter, Vic Fangio, a white man, was hired to be the Head Coach of the Broncos.”

That’s quite the allegation to lob in John Elway’s direction and it did not go unnoticed by social media.

The Broncos responded to the allegations via 9News reporter Mike Klis, saying the allegations are “blatantly false.”

There’s likely more to come on this lawsuit and the role that Broncos end up playing in it.

The fact of the matter is that, like so many other franchises in the NFL, Denver has only had one Black head coach in its entire history (some have none) and he was fired after two seasons, less time than many other coaches have gotten (including Vic Fangio, who got three years). The issues that Flores’ lawsuit raise go far beyond one interview.

[Migdor Law]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to