As he continues to cope with the fallout from the NFL investigation of work culture, the Washington football team Has announced He was No. 1 in safety Sean Taylor late on Sunday. 21 Jersey is about to retire.
Taylor, the league’s leading defender, died in November 2007 after being shot during a robbery attempt at his Florida home. He was 24 years old.
The WFT will host the Chiefs in Week 6, where the Taylor family will join the team on the field for a pregame ceremony before his jersey retirement. The Sunday Team is an Alumni Homecoming, which honors nearly 100 members at FedExfield.
“There won’t be another 21,” the WFT team tweeted Thursday.
The news came amid leaked emails from Washington’s investigation into Washington, which led to the resignation of Raiders head coach John Gruden.
Monday, The New York Times Published emails from 2011 to 2018 revealed Gruden’s use of racist, homophobic and misogynistic language. Many emails were sent to Bruce Allen, then GM of Washington. Gruden stepped down from his position later that day.
Other emails show inappropriate images of former WFT cheerleaders, which were delivered secretly via email. Former Washington cheerleader Melanie Coburn The petition was created on FridayThe NFL and the franchise called for “doing the right thing for women” and “make Washington’s sexual harassment investigation public.”
In the wake of the email, some fans disputed the timing of the team’s announcement, and fans were only given a few days notice if they wanted to attend.
Jason Wright, president of the Washington football team, apologized in a tweet after seeing the backlash.
“We wanted to do something with the retirement of the number of players. We planned to have Bobby Mitchell and Sean Taylor first. He wrote. “Seeing the response, I’m very sorry that the short instruction didn’t reflect Sean’s influence properly. The president’s brief is coming …”
One person uses the words “PR stunt” on Twitter Feedback For the game on Sunday. Another one Tweeted, “The next step is to retire the Sean Taylor jersey while the team is trying to get out of the scandal.”
ESPN anchor Randy Scott Included“It’s better than using Sean Taylor as a PR shield.”
During Sunday’s home game, WFT players wear helmet stickers and pay tribute to Taylor, and full-time staff wear the # 21 lapel pin in their honor.
Taylor is the third WFT player to retire the Jersey number in the team’s 89-year history.
The two-time Pro Bowler spent all four of his career with Washington after being selected fifth overall by the team in the 2004 NFL Draft.
Taylor was posthumously honored by the NFL and was named a 2nd Team All-Pro selection in 2007. The following year, the WFT announced the induction of the late 43rd member of the Washington Ring of Fame.