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Cubs will create diversity committee

The Chicago Cubs are creating a diversity committee to help improve the organization’s standards and practices. Owner Tom Ricketts and President of Business Operations Crane Kenney are leading the plans, according to President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery have led sports organizations to take a closer look at their history and policies when it comes to diversity.

Epstein said the committee “can make sure we set better standards for ourselves and hold ourselves accountable and be better on this issue.” But he isn’t waiting for the committee when it comes to taking a closer look at his work, recently examining his own hiring practices.

“The majority of people that I’ve hired, if I’m being honest, have similar backgrounds as me and look a lot like me,” Epstein said. “That’s something that I need to ask myself why.”