The Washington Commanders planned to honor Sean Taylor on the 15th anniversary of his death on Sunday by unveiling a statue inside of FedEx Field.
A nice and deserving gesture that somehow the Commanders managed to screw up.
As the curtains were pulled back, fans were revealed to not a statue, but rather a mannequin that displayed Taylor’s uniform inside a glass case.
While the fans present in the stadium cheered the unveiling — likely not realizing at first they were staring at a mannequin — others on social media were quick to point out what a disappointment the “statue” was, with some even characterized as embarrassing and disrespectful.
The Commanders also had players wear No. 21 decals on their helmets Sunday, but that will likely be overshadowed by the “statue” unveiling, especially considering this is not the first time the Commanders have faced criticism in how they have honored Taylor.
They renamed a road after Taylor and took a photo op with his family in front of porta-potties; they retired his jersey number in a hurried halftime ceremony that included no speeches and allowed Patrick Mahomes’ family to stand on his number painted on the sideline.
Perhaps, if the team is indeed sold, the new owner will rectify these mistakes.