The NFL is reportedly looking into the recent hirings of two high-ranking executives made by the Washington Football team in the last week and how the moves relate to the league's Rooney Rule," the Washington Post's Mark Maske reported.
“The NFL is reviewing the matter with the team to understand the facts,” the league said in a statement.
The decision to investigate comes quickly after the Fritz Pollard Alliance had sent inquiries to the NFL and the team regarding their hiring process. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which acts as an independent group that advises the NFL on matters of diversity like the "Rooney Rule," claimed that the team disregarded the rule when hiring chief marketing officer Terry Bateman and senior vice president of media Julie Donaldson.
“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 ESPN's Jason Reid.
The "Rooney Rule" requires NFL franchises to consider minority and/or female applications for executive positions within the franchise. The league recently expanded on the rule after executives and coaches of color expressed frustration about the lack of diversity in high-ranking NFL positions. Donaldson will become the first woman to be a full-time member of the franchise's radio team, and it can be assumed that her hiring follows the league's policies.
As for Bateman, there could be questions as to how the decision was made. Bateman has worked for the franchise in the past.
The investigation comes at a time when Washington is also being investigated by the league after a story from the Washington Post exposed the organization of dysfunction that included sexual harassment allegations.
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