What started out as a good story against the Kansas City Chiefs before the Washington football team’s home week immediately raised doubts about being given a very convenient time.
On Thursday, Washington announced that as part of the alumni’s repatriation weekend, the organization will retire the late No. 21 jersey, two-time Pro Bowl Safety Shawn Taylor, who was shot dead in 2007 during a robbery attempt. His Florida home. While some see the move as a beautiful gesture and nothing more than that, many fans and media members have flooded in on social media saying the decision was made in a hurry considering what has happened in recent days.
The news comes after former Raiders coach John Gruden used racist, sexist and homophobic language emails over a seven-year period in a letter to then-Washington team president Bruce Allen. And abuse, ”The Athletic reported Thursday night. “On Wednesday, a team of former WFT staffers called on the NFL’s top sponsors to press the league to release the results of its investigation.”
The Athletic’s Ben Standing reported Thursday night that plans to honor Taylor have been “in the books” for “a few weeks.”
People were not only questioning the coincidence time of the announcement, but the announcement was made only on Thursday, giving fans just three days’ notice before Sunday’s game.
“We planned to fix it … … but we carried out the executions and as a result, we realized that we had deeply hurt many of our fans. Wrote in a letter addressed to fans on Thursday night. “We thought saving the news for a Game Week release was the best way to focus the message on Shawn and his legacy. We didn’t realize that many of you wanted to travel to FedExField to be present at the moment. , We need to mourn the loss and celebrate Sean’s legacy. “
Washington Taylor was selected in the fifth overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft and spent four years of his career with the franchise. He formed the NFC Pro Bowl team in the 200s, was posthumously honored by the NFL with a Pro Bowl node, was named second-team all-pro selection in the 200s team, and was inducted into the Washington Ring of Fame in the 200s. Was.