Scot McCloughlan, who is entering his first season as the Washington Redskins’ General Manager, is off to a bad start, but not because of his own actions. His wife, Jessica McCloughlan, tweeted vulgar posts directed towards Dianna Russini of ESPN on Sunday, August 30. She wrote that the journalist obtained information in exchange for sexual favors.
However, a couple days later, McCloughlan (Jessica) publicly apologized to the reporter. In a statement she said, “I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account.” She added that her comment was “unfounded” and “inappropriate,” claiming that she had a lot of respect for not only the correspondent, but also for ESPN. While stating her regret for the undeserved adverse attention received by the Redskins as a result of her actions, she also clarified, “My comments in no way reflect the opinions or attitudes of the organization,” adding that she regrets any negative impact that her behavior had on the team as well as its fanbase.
This public apology came following Jessica McCloughan’s tweets on Sunday, regarding Russini, who was the reporter to announce Robert Griffin III’s replacement by Kirk Cousins as the starting quarterback of the Redskins.
Jessica McCloughan’s account on the social media site was also taken down on the afternoon of September 2, the same day her apologetic statement was released. ESPN expressed its disappointment over the event in a statement the same day, saying, “Dianna is an excellent reporter who should never have to be subjected to such vulgar comments.”
“Jessica McCloughan apologizes for tweets aimed at ESPN’s Dianna Russini,” ESPN web site, September 2, 2015.
“Redskins GM Scot McCloughan’s wife apologizes for ‘disparaging’ tweet about ESPN reporter,” Yahoo! Sports web site, September 3, 2015.