Washington Football Team finally gets a new name, plus explaining Brian Flores’ lawsuit – CBSSports.com

Happy Wednesday, folks! Before we get too far into things, we have some breaking news to handle: the Washington Football Team is now the Washington Commanders! I’ve written before that almost any name would be an upgrade over “Football Team,” and, while Commanders wasn’t my favorite option, it’s perfectly fine. Now if the Commanders can start winning some games and command some respect, that would be great. Ok, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get right to the rest of this morning’s news. This is the article version of the CBS Sports HQ AM morning newsletter. To sign up and get this in your inbox, fill out the information below.  CBS Sports HQ Newsletter Your Ultimate Guide to Every Day in Sports We bring sports news that matters to your inbox, to help you stay informed and get a winning edge. By submitting my email I agree to receive the “CBS Sports HQ Newsletter” and other marketing and promotional emails from CBS Sports, which may include information from our affiliates and/or partners’ offers, products and services. For more information about our data practices consult our Privacy Policy See All Newsletters Please check the opt-in box to acknowledge that you would like to subscribe. Thanks for signing up! Keep an eye on your inbox. Sorry! There was an error processing your subscription. Good morning to everyone but especially to… Getty Images TOM BRADY What’s long been expected became official yesterday: Tom Brady has retired. The legendary quarterback announced he’s calling it a career in a lengthy Instagram post, saying in part: Brady: “I have always believed the sport of football is an ‘all-in’ proposition — if a 100% competitive commitment isn’t there, you won’t succeed, and success is what I love so much about our game. There is a physical, mental, and emotional challenge EVERY single day that has allowed me to maximize my highest potential. And I have tried my very best these past 22 years.”The fact that Brady had the competitive fire and the willingness to put in the work not just in-season but also for the eight-month offseason for over two decades is nearly as remarkable as his long list of accomplishments. Still, that list still bears repeating: 22 seasons7 Super Bowls5 Super Bowl MVPs3 MVPsPretty much every regular-season, playoff and Super Bowl record for quarterbacks, all of which you can see hereI shared most of my thoughts in Monday’s newsletter and the major ones are: there are no holes in Brady’s resume, and his longevity is stunning. When he won his first Super Bowl, he became the youngest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl, and when he won his last Super Bowl, he became the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. Or, to put it another way, en route to his first Super Bowl, Brady beat Antoine Winfield and the Bills twice in the regular season. Brady won his last Super Bowl as a teammate of Antoine Winfield Jr. Our team of NFL reporters has put together a ton of great stuff, including… How did the sporting world react to the retirement? Who has a chance to rival Brady’s legacy?What will the 2027 Hall of Fame class look like alongside Brady?What’s the economic impact of Brady’s retirement?What was Brady’s favorite Super Bowl win?What are Tampa Bay’s options at QB? Of course, it’s also a good morning for the rest of the NFL, which won’t have to face Brady again, and an especially good morning to the five teams that never beat him. Honorable mentions No. 14 Texas Tech beat No. 23 Texas, 77-64, and Red Raiders fan let former coach Chris Beard know their feelings all night.Willie O’Ree, the first Black player in the NHL, will receive a Congressional Gold Medal.Jalen Green, Obi Toppin, Cole Anthony and Juan Toscano-Anderson are the four Slam Dunk Contest participants, according to a report. And not such a good morning for… THE GIANTS, BRONCOS AND DOLPHINS Former Dolphins head coach and current head-coaching candidate Brian Flores is suing the Giants, Broncos, Dolphins and the NFL as a whole for racial discrimination. Among the key points of the lawsuit: Bill Belichick texted Flores congratulating him on getting the Giants job … before Flores even interviewed with New York. Belichick apparently had meant to text Brian Daboll, who later did get the job.Days later, Flores had to sit through a “sham interview,” one he claims the Giants only conducted to comply with the NFL’s Rooney Rule.Flores also claims he had another “sham interview” with the Broncos in 2019, when he says then-general manager John Elway, CEO Joe Ellis and others showed up late and hungover.Flores claims Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered him $100,000 for every loss in 2019 in a hope to improve the team’s draft pick. He also says Ross improperly tampered with a “prominent quarterback” and that Flores was met with disdain when he didn’t partake.The case also brings up several instances in which the Rooney Rule — which requires that teams interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior operation positions — was not implemented, among other issues. The NFL released a statement regarding Flores’ lawsuit, stating that his claims are “without merit.” Not so honorable mention Ben Simmons will lose $32 million if he doesn’t play this season.Bradley Beal is out at least another week with a wrist injury. Caleb Williams has a new home

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