The Head Coach of Miami Dolphins, Brian Flores, had a chat with the press and left a strong message and opinion to support the people protesting against racial injustice.
Brian Flores started with the alleged homicide of George Floyd. He also added that two players had to join him in the press conference, but he took the lead to talk about the current situation in the country.
“Let me start by saying this: we had a couple of players scheduled (to speak) today,” Flores said. “I just felt like it was important, with all that’s going on right now, that you guys hear from me first on some of these issues, so I just kind of wanted to lead the way on some of these discussions. I appreciate your guys’ time,” said the Dolphins’ head coach.
Brian Flores opens up about racial discrimination
Flores added that he wanted all the focus on people protesting against the injustice and on the people impacted by the death of George Floyd.
“What happened was, in a lot of ways, a tragedy,” Flores said. “For me right now, a lot is going on. There’s a lot of anger, a lot of emotion – a lot of emotions – but for me, I just want to make sure that the spotlight is on George Floyd and the horrible murder that occurred. We focus on George Floyd, his family, and justice for the Floyd family.”
Brian Flores also spoke about the racial inequalities he faced. He acknowledged his race and got back to the opportunity of change that can happen with the protest.
Brian addressed that, “I’ve always known since I was a little boy that race was a factor. I would say that the – I mean I’ve always known. Again, I can go into personal stories and say this or that, but I’m going to go back to my original point: this isn’t really about me. It’s about what’s happening in this country and again, I think we have a situation here where we can make some change. It’s not often that there is a 100 percent agreement across the board that changes need to occur. Rather than talking about me and my situation, let’s put the focus on that, and hopefully, we’ll make some progress.”
Flores on his friend’s death
Brian also cautioned protestors to be careful. He spoke about one of his friends and former Indiana Hoosiers football player, Chris Beaty, who was murdered in a protest in Indianapolis.
“My number one thing for guys is they have a right to protest and I support their right to protest, but even more than that, it’s about being careful,” he said. “I want my players to be careful. I actually had a friend who was murdered in Indianapolis. His name was Chris Beaty – a good friend. He actually played football with (Assistant to the Head Coach) Lance Bennett, who is on our staff. He was full of life. He was a great human being and he was protesting in Indianapolis and he was murdered last weekend.”