Following the Washington football team's hiring of two high-ranking executives over the last week, the Fritz Pollard Alliance has sent inquiries to the NFL and the team regarding their hiring process.
The inquiries, according to ESPN's Jason Reid, acknowledge the issue that Washington disregarded the league's "Rooney Rule" when they named Terry Bateman chief marketing officer and Julie Donaldson their senior vice president of media.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance is an independent group that advises the NFL on matters of diversity like the "Rooney Rule," where teams are required to consider minorities and/or female applicants for top executive positions on or off the playing field. The rule was expanded in May after several frustrated executives and coaches of color pushed for changes in hiring considering roughly 70% of the league's players are Black.
“The Fritz Pollard Alliance has sent inquiries to the NFL and to the Washington Football Team regarding the hiring process for Terry Bateman and Julie Donaldson,” executive director Rod Graves told Reid.
Along with her responsibilities running Washington's broadcast, Donaldson will become the first female to be a full-time member of the franchise's radio team. Bateman has had multiple stints working under owner Dan Snyder and is expected to lead the organization's name change process.
These inquiries from the Fritz Pollard Alliance come at a time where the franchise continues to deal with the fallout from a Washington Post story detailing 15 women accused former team executives of sexual harassment.
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