Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks joined the class-action lawsuit against the NFL filed by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.
On Thursday, former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks and former Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton announced their decision to join the class-action lawsuit against the NFL and multiple teams that former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed back in February.
In the amended complaint that has been added to the lawsuit, claims were made that said Wilks was hired by the Cardinals as a “bridge coach” and that he was “unfairly and discriminatorily fired” after just one season with the franchise.
With their former head coach now a part of the lawsuit, Arizona was also added as a defendant in the lawsuit, along with the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans. Before Thursday, the Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and Miami Dolphins were the only specific teams listed as defendants in the lawsuit filed by Flores.
Arizona Cardinals respond to the claims made by former head coach Steve Wilks
After news broke that Wilks and Horton were added to the Flores lawsuit on Thursday, the Cardinals released a statement that said the following.
"“The decisions we made after the 2018 season were very difficult ones. But as we said at the time, they were entirely driven by what was in the best interests of our organization and necessary for team improvement. We are confident that the facts reflect that and demonstrate that these allegations are untrue.”"
While Wilks would likely be the first to admit that his lone season with Arizona was a disappointing one as the team only managed to win three games.
However, an argument can be made that the Cardinals didn’t provide their former head coach with all of the best tools to succeed. Tools that the lawyers representing Wilks believe Arizona has been giving current head coach Kliff Kingsbury during the last three years.
If any of the claims made by Wilks against the Cardinals turn out to be true, it could result in some significant consequences for the franchise. This is certainly something we will have to keep an eye on during the next few months.