Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse in Redskins Nation, they did. Yesterday, reports surfaced, and were later confirmed, of a tweet sent by Jessica McCloughan, wife of Redskins GM Scot McCloughan accusing ESPN reporter Dianna Russini of providing sexual favors in return for stories. The Redskins originally denied the tweet was from Jessica McCloughan, insisting the account from which the tweet was sent was a fake, and that they had turned it over to NFL security to investigate. However, later, the team issues this statement:
"I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account. The comment was unfounded and inappropriate, and I have the utmost respect for both the reporter and ESPN. I regret that my actions have brought undeserved negative attention to the Redskins organization and its leadership. My comments in no way reflect the opinions or attitudes of the organization and I regret that my behavior has in any way negatively impacted the team and its loyal fan base." – Jessica McCloughan
Seeing that there was quite a bit of gray area surrounding this story, I reached out to Tony Wyllie for clarification. Tony got back to me promptly, but as you can see below, his response provided no closure on the situation:
Good morning. I am a writer for SB Nation. I am trying to run a story on our Redskins site about the miscommunication that occurred yesterday with Scots wife and the tweet. I imagine you had a very rough day yesterday, and I apologize for contacting you on such a sour note, but I had a few questions I was hoping you would be gracious enough to clear up for me:
1) It was reported by the orginazation that the account was originally a fake, and that it was turned in to NFL security, but later this was recanted by the orginazation as Mrs. McCloughan admitted the account was hers. Did you receive this information about the account being hers from Scot, or his wife?
2) Who first told the team that the account was a fake, and how soon after the tweet went public was this relayed to you.
3) Is the incident currently under investigation by the team, and if so, for what reasons?
4) It is apparent that someone lied here. Are you able to share where the miscommunication may have originated, and why the team was so quick to issue a statement saying the account was a fake before gathering appropriate information.
Many thanks for your responses.
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