What initially began out as a feel-good story forward of the Washington Football Team’s Week 6 dwelling sport towards the Kansas City Chiefs instantly introduced upon skepticism given the all-too-convenient timing.
On Thursday, Washington introduced that in as part of alumni homecoming weekend, the group would be retiring the No. 21 jersey of the late, two-time Pro Bowl security Sean Taylor, who was shot and killed in 2007 throughout a theft try at his Florida dwelling. While some seen the transfer as a pleasant gesture and nothing extra, many followers and media members flooded social media with claims that the choice was made in haste given what had transpired in current days.
“The news comes after emails revealed racist, sexist and homophobic language used by former Raiders coach Jon Gruden over a seven-year period in correspondence to then-Washington team president Bruce Allen. Additionally, the NFL recently concluded an investigation into the Washington Football Team and the widespread sexual harassment and abuse within the organization,” The Athletic reported on Thursday night time. “On Wednesday, a group of former WFT employees called for the NFL’s top sponsors to pressure the league to release the findings of its investigation.”
Ben Standing of The Athletic reported on Thursday night time that the plan to honor Taylor has “been on the books” for “several weeks”.
Not solely had been folks questioning the coincidental timing of the announcement, however because the announcement was solely made on Thursday, that gave followers solely three days discover earlier than Sunday’s sport.
“We planned to do this right… … But we screwed up the execution and, as a result, we realize that we hurt many of our fans deeply. And for that I and we as an organization are sorry,” Washington Football Team president Jason Wright wrote in a letter to followers on Thursday night time. “We thought that saving the news for a game week reveal was the best way to focus the message on Sean and his legacy. We didn’t realize that so many of you wanted to make a trip to FedExField to be present for this moment — a true lack of understanding of what you, the lifeblood of this franchise, needed to mourn our collective loss and celebrate Sean’s legacy.”
Taylor was chosen by Washington with the fifth-overall choose within the 2004 NFL Draft and spent his complete four-year profession with the franchise. He made the 2006 NFC Pro Bowl workforce, was posthumously honored by the NFL with a Pro Bowl nod and named a second workforce All-Pro choice in 2007, and was inducted because the forty third member of the Washington Ring of Fame in 2008.