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American football: the racism lawsuit overshadowing the Super Bowl

By Joshua Chaffin

10 Feb 2022 · 9 min read

The Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals will battle Sunday evening in the Super Bowl, that once-a-year event when a uniquely American sport becomes a global spectacle.

But before they even take the field, American football’s most consequential play in a generation will already have been made. It happened in a New York court when Brian Flores, a former head coach of the Miami Dolphins with seemingly lustrous prospects, filed an incendiary lawsuit against the National Football League and a trio of clubs, accusing them of racial discrimination in their hiring practices.

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