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Washington announces Taylor jersey retirement amid scandals

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Football Team announced Thursday it is retiring late safety Sean Taylor's number this weekend, last-minute timing that sparked criticism while the organization is dealing with multiple off-field scandals.


Washington has previously promoted jersey retirement ceremonies months in advance, most recently in June for Bobby Mitchell's night in September. The announcement of Taylor's No. 21 being retired came three days before Washington hosted Kansas City on what the team calls homecoming weekend.


The team said in a statement this has been in the works since before the season and apologized to fans for the lack of notice. President Jason Wright also took to Twitter to apologize.


We wanted to do something long overdue by retiring players numbers, Wright tweeted. Months ago we planned for Bobby Mitchell and Sean Taylor to be the first two. Seeing the reaction, Im very sorry that the short notice does not properly reflect the impact Sean had.
Washingtons head athletic trainer is on administrative leave for what a team spokesman called an ongoing criminal investigation unrelated to the club after federal authorities, including agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, searched the practice facility Oct. 1.


Former employees are also calling for the NFL to release the findings of an investigation into Washington workplace misconduct after emails from Jon Gruden led to the Raiders coachs resignation.


If the NFL felt it appropriate to release these offensive emails from Jon Gruden, which it obtained during its investigation into the Washington Football Team, it must also release the findings related to the actual target of that investigation, said lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent 40 former Washington employees.
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