After the Panthers hired Frank Reich as the team’s next head coach, the attorney representing former interim coach Steve Wilks said the Panthers It will be added to the pending argument On the racially discriminatory hiring practices of the NFL and several teams.
For Wilkes, the controversy seemed to have tainted the process with racial discrimination, and the Panthers distanced themselves from Wilkes, at least in part because he accused the Cardinals of racial discrimination.
Here’s a fact that will become an issue in the inevitable discovery process after Wilkes adds the Panthers as a defendant: About 90 minutes after the team’s regular season ended on Jan. 8, Rich’s daughter went public. An employee of the Panthers.
There is nothing wrong with this fact. Nepotism is already rampant in the NFL. And if Reich wasn’t a coach at the time she was hired, there was no kinship.
That said, Wilkes and his attorneys, Frank Reich, want to know whether and how well his daughter was slated to become a head coach when she was offered and/or accepted the job. It was a deal, a fait accompliDid the Panthers hire Frank Reich as coach when the Panthers hired Rich’s daughter?
The electronic paper trail (emails, texts, etc.) needs to be carefully examined by those involved in the process. The argument would be that the interview process was a sham if the facts supported Reich’s claim.
That’s one of the central themes of the entire argument, that compliance with Rooney’s Law occurs simply by checking a factual box and resulting in worthless and meaningless interviews when the owner knows the owner plans to do so. .
That’s what makes hiring Rich’s daughter worth it. Did the team know Reick would be the next head coach when she was offered the job?
If the answer is no, that’s another issue that’s addressed as part of the lawsuit. If the answer is yes, then any claim Wilkes has against the Panthers suddenly becomes stronger.