NFL hires former AG Loretta Lynch for racial bias lawsuit: Report

Lynch, the first black woman to be confirmed as attorney general, is now representing the NFL.
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Loretta Lynch, Washington, D.C., June 24, 2016
Loretta Lynch, Washington, D.C., June 24, 2016
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The National Football League reportedly has hired former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch for its defense in a racial discrimination lawsuit filed earlier this month by Brian Flores, former Miami head coach of the Miami Dolphins. 

Flores' lawsuit against the NFL and three of its teams seeks "to shine a light on the racial injustices that take place inside the NFL and to effectuate real change for the future."

Lynch, the first black woman to be confirmed as attorney general, is now a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Four sources told Bloomberg on Wednesday that she is working on the lawsuit with the firm's chairman Brad Karp.

Flores, who is black and Hispanic, has not been picked to be head coach in several NFL openings after he was fired fired by the Dolphins in January.

The NFL released a statement on Flores' lawsuit the day it was filed. 

"Diversity is core to everything we do, and there are few issues on which our clubs and our internal leadership team spend more time," the NFL stated. "We will defend against these claims, which are without merit."