Brian Flores filed a lawsuit against a few teams in the NFL like the Miami Dolphins alleging racial discrimination in their hiring process. There are other coaches who have joined the lawsuit against teams in the NFL now including former Panthers secondary and defensive game coordinator Steve Wilks.
Wilks, 52, is a graduate of West Charlotte High and Appalachian State. He played for the Charlotte Rage of the Arena League in 1993, and got his start as a coach at Charlotte’s Johnson C. Smith University in 1995.
Wilks joined the Panthers coaching staff in 2012 as defensive backs coach, and also served as assistant head coach (2015-2017) and defensive coordinator (2017).
Wilks was hired as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018, but was let go after one season. The Cardinals finished that season, 3-13, setting them up for the No. 1 pick in the draft. Wilks alleges the Cardinals discriminated against him when they fired him after just one season.
Wilks alleges the Arizona Cardinals discriminated against him when they fired him in 2018 after one season as head coach.
Wilks, currently coaching for the Panthers, has over 25 years of coaching experience at the college and NFL level.
According to CBS Sports the NFL is still investigating claims by Flores, now employed as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebackers coach and senior defensive assistant, related to Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who allegedly offered the former coach $100,000 per loss during his tenure as Miami’s head coach in order to better the club’s draft position.
Flores’ amended suit includes allegations that the coach sent a memo regarding Ross’ supposed bribery to other team executives in 2019.