Broncos president of football operations John Elway has broken his silence on the allegations levied against him by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores. In a lawsuit filed this week against the NFL and three teams -- including the Broncos -- for what Flores alleges were attempts to undermine the integrity of the Rooney Rule, Flores also described his 2019 interview with Denver for its head coaching vacancy, one he claims Elway showed up late to and looked "disheveled" from an apparent night of drinking.

"I've had nine interviews with NFL clubs," Flores said, doubling down on his claims to ESPN's "Get Up". "There was one interview where everyone was late, and that wasn't me that was late, that was the interviewers who were late, and that was with the Broncos. I think there was a reason why they were late. I think they had been out the night before. When you sit at a table with five people who are interviewing you, you can tell who is asking questions, who is into the interview, who is not necessarily in the right state in that moment. 

"But even then, I put my best foot forward and showed why I was a good candidate for that job. I'm always going to do that. But I certainly did not feel like I was taken seriously, and I was just there as a Rooney Rule [interview]."

Elway has now issued the following statement, via Adam Schefter of ESPN

"While I was not planning to respond publicly to the false and defamatory claims by Brian Flores, I could not be silent any longer with my character, integrity and professionalism being attacked. I took Coach Flores very seriously as a candidate for our head coaching position in 2019 and enjoyed our three-and-a-half hour interview with him. Along with the rest of our group, I was prepared, ready and fully engaged during the entire interview as Brian shared his experience and vision for our team. It's unfortunate and shocking to learn for the first time this week that Brian felt differently about our interview with him. 

"For Brian to make an assumption about my appearance and state of mind early that morning was subjective, hurtful and just plain wrong. If I appeared "disheveled", as he claimed, it was because we had flown in during the middle of the night -- immediately following another interview in Denver -- and were going on a few hours of sleep to meet the only window provided to us. I interviewed Brian in good faith, giving him the same consideration and opportunity as every other candidate for our head coaching position in 2019."

The NFL, after initially stating Flores' accusations were "without merit", has now launched at least one probe into them -- investigating Dolphins owner Stephen Ross for what Flores described as an attempt to bribe him a sum of "$100,000" per loss if he'd coach the team into tanking for a better draft slot. It is yet unknown if they'll do the same to Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam for similar claims by former NFL head coach Hue Jackson and/or if Elway and the Broncos will be a part of any probe as well, but time will tell how it all plays out.