CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown is back in the sports world.
Dismissed by Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam after John Dorsey was hired by the organization in December of 2017, Brown has been hired by the Washington Wizards, who announced a new general manager and a reorganized front-office structure on Monday morning.
Brown will serve as the chief planning and operations officer for Monumental Basketball, which includes the Wizards, Washington Mystics of the WNBA and the NBA G-League’s Capital City Go-Go.
Brown will “manage efforts relating to technology, finance, communications, security, research and player engagement,” the Wizards said in a release announcing the hires.
During Brown’s time running the personnel side of the organization, he helped hire former coach Hue Jackson, led the reshaping of the roster, traded or released aging veterans on team unfriendly contracts, and traded back in the NFL Draft to acquire picks in future years.
On the field, the Browns struggled to find consistent production and were forced to start rookie quarterbacks, Cody Kessler and DeShone Kizer, for much of the 2016 and 2017 seasons when veterans were injured or did not win the job through training camp and preseason competitions.
At the time of his firing, Brown was 1-27 as a personnel decision-maker, which was the worst 28-game stretch in NFL history, “besting” the old mark of 2-26 set by an expansion team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, during the 1976 and 1977 seasons.
The Browns posted a 1-15 mark in 2016 and started 0-12 in 2017 before Brown’s dismissal. The Browns ended the 2017 season as just the second team in NFL history to post an 0-16 record.
In addition to Brown, the Wizards hired Tommy Sheppard as their new general manager and former Georgetown University coach John Thompson III to head up the new athlete development and engagement department.