The Washington Football Team drew criticism from the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the independent group that advises the NFL on matters of diversity, on their hiring process in the past, but Monday was not one of those times.
Following the hiring of Jason Wright, the NFL's first-ever Black team president, the Fritz Pollard Alliance commended Washington's move in a statement.
“The Fritz Pollard Alliance commends the Washington Football Team for their selection of Jason Wright as President,” executive director Rod Graves said. “It is an historic event as Wright becomes the first Black team president in NFL history. The selection is the result of an inclusive process that recognizes the talents that people of color can offer. We hope that it signifies a true change for the manner in which leadership is chosen in the NFL.”
Wright will lead all business divisions including sales, marketing, operations and finance for Washington, while he also figures to play a key role in the franchise's name change. Washington also made Julie Donaldson the first woman to become a regular on an NFL radio broadcast when she was hired as the team's senior vice president of media.
This is an important time for the franchise. Ron Rivera is set to begin his first season as head coach, the team is undergoing a rebrand and minority owners are reportedly pushing for Dan Snyder to sell the team.
Bringing in qualified individuals like Wright to run things on and off the field seems to be a step in the right direction.