And the hits just keep on coming for the Washington Redskins.
On Wednesday afternoon, a story began circulating on the web about Jessica McCloughan, the wife of Washington Redskins GM Scot McCloughlan. At issue were some tweets from an account that reportedly belonged to her. According to several folks (who screencapped the tweets before their deletion), Mrs. McCloughan accused ESPN reporter Dianna Russini of being her husband’s side chick. Rossini had previously worked as a sports anchor for NBC in Washington D.C.
There was another tweet insinuating that Russini gave oral sex in exchange for a story about Kirk Cousins. Again, there was no way to prove that the account belonged to Jessica McCloughan. Sure, it said Mrs. McLoughan in the bio and the user RT’d several articles and photos about herself (and her husband) into her timeline. But again, who knows. Fake accounts are rampant on Twitter
Here was a cached version of some of the stuff:
Hours after the story broke, Redskins PR came out and denied the whole thing, said the Twitter account was fake and the matter was forwarded to the NFL’s security department. So that was that, end of story right? Oops. Turns out, the account did belong to Jessica McCloughan after all. Here is her apology, issued late Wednesday evening.
“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.”
So, just to review:
-Scott McCloughlan’s wife accuses an ESPN reporter of sleeping with her husband, says some nasty things about her on social media.
-Tweets are unearthed by several websites, Twitter account magically disappears.
-Redskins claim this is much ado about nothing, say it’s a fake account.
-Redskins GM says it was his wife all along and that they’re super sorry.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2015 Washington Redskins.
*UPDATE: ESPN also issued this statement.
“Dianna is an excellent reporter who should never have to be subjected to such vulgar comments. We are obviously extremely disappointed by today’s developments.”