WFT President owns “royally” sloppy retirement from Taylor jersey, originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Just over a month after the Washington football team held a jersey removal ceremony for late former security Sean Taylor without giving fans more than a few days’ notice, the team president Jason Wright explained how the importance of the event to the fan base was overlooked.
On Friday morning, Wright joined 106.7 The Fan’s Sports Junkies and spoke about how the franchise lost ‘institutional knowledge’ when it made sweeping changes to decision-making staff over the past year and a half.
“When you make changes this quickly you lose a bit of institutional knowledge and you can certainly lose a lot of connection with the history of this club,” Wright said. “This is something that has happened and of course we need to correct… like the way we royally retired Sean Taylor’s jersey. I’m so grateful that the family has been blessed, so rewarded and so honored, but our fans haven’t had the right opportunity to celebrate this.
Taylor played three and a half seasons for Washington before being assassinated in a home invasion on November 27, 2007. The fanbase has remained devoted to the two-time Pro Bowler, who has earned a reputation as the one of the most impactful players in the league as he matured off the pitch as his career progressed.
The timing of Taylor’s ceremony also drew criticism. The team made the announcement just after email leaks from the NFL investigation into the team’s ‘toxic’ office culture revealed a series of disturbing messages sent by the Las coach. Vegas Raiders Jon Gruden to former Washington team chairman Bruce Allen while Gruden worked as an analyst for ESPN. Gruden resigned from the Raiders as a result.
Wright apologized to fans on Twitter at the time, but confirmed to the Junkies on Friday that the team is taking action to ensure they don’t make similar mistakes in the future.
“Part of this is the institutional knowledge we have lost and the understanding that even if we had done a top class jersey retreat by NFL standards, it would not have been enough because it is one thing. spiritual for that fan base, ”Wright mentioned. “It’s something much, much deeper and we needed a much more holistic approach and so we are going to rehire in the organization and bring back into the organization the right institutional knowledge and the right link with history. . “