Report: Beth Wilkinson Hired to Review Washington NFL Team's Culture

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2020

Steven Burmeister, right center, an FBI chemist, and U.S attorney Beth Wilkinson, left center, arrive at the federal courthouse in Denver on Monday, May 19, 1997, where Burmeister testified  at the trial of Oklahoma City bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh. They are being escorted by an FBI agent, far right, and an unidentified woman, far left, with the Justice Department.  Cross examination of Burmeister by McVeigh's defense team is scheduled to continue Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
ED ANDRIESKI/Associated Press

The Washington football team has hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to review the team's protocols and "conduct a deep dive into the organization's past culture," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

It comes after Director of Pro Personnel Alex Santos and Assistant Director of Pro Personnel Richard Mann II were both fired earlier this week, per Ben Standig and Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic. Both front office executives had been with the organization for over 10 years.

As Schefter noted, the Washington Post is preparing a story on the organization's culture.

This comes amid significant changes for the franchise, including the recent announcement it will officially change the team's name after more than 80 years.

The Washington Post reported minority owners Fred Smith, Dwight Schar and Robert Rothman are also looking to sell their shares in the team, a total that combines for about a 40 percent stake.

Wilkinson will now have a role in the organization after a long career in Washington D.C. as a defense attorney. She worked within the U.S. Justice Department and recently took part in notable cases involving Brett Kavanaugh and Michael Flynn.

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