On August 30, the wife of Washington Redskins general manger Scot McCloughan-Jessica McCloughan- posted a very nasty tweet towards ESPN NFL reporter Dianna Marie Russini.
At first, the Redskins initially denied that Jessica sent the tweet.
“I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account”, McCloughan said in a statement.
In a since-deleted tweet on a since-closed private account, Jessica McCloughan accused ESPN reporter Dianna Marie Russini, in no uncertain terms, of exchanging certain, uh, favors for scoops from McCloughan about the team.
Jessica McCloughan called Dianna Russini her husband’s “side piece” after Russini had broken a number of stories about Washington’s quarterback situation over the weekend. The account disappeared Wednesday afternoon, as screen grabs of the tweet spread rapidly on social media.
“My comments in no way reflect the opinions or attitudes of the organisation and I regret that my behaviour has in any way negatively impacted the team or its fan base”.
Russini worked for two years a sports anchor on Washington D.C.’s NBC affiliate WRC (former home of the legendary sport caster George Michael).
ESPN responded to the controversy with a statement of its own, supporting Russini who was hired by the company in May.
Wednesday’s events followed a tumultuous six-day stretch in which a neurologist cleared Griffin to compete after suffering a concussion only to reverse his decision 24 hours later, and Gruden announced that Kirk Cousins would supplant Griffin as the team’s starter this season. “We are obviously disappointed by today’s developments”.