Wife of Washington G.M. admits to “disparaging remarks” about ESPN reporter

AP

After initially insisting that a controversial tweet apparently sent by the wife of Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan had come from a fake account, the team now admits that she indeed posted a disparaging comment about ESPN reporter Dianna Russini.

“I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account,” Jessica McCloughan said in a statement issued by the franchise to PFT. “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.”

On August 30, Jessica McCloughan directed this message to Russini, via BlackSportsOnline.com: “Please tell us how many BJ’S you had to give to get this story. And did they laugh at you before or after?”

Many were skeptical of the denial, due to the apparent interaction of the account with an account belonging to Jessica McCloughan’s son..

PFT previously asked ESPN for a comment on the story, before the admission and apology from Jessica McCloughan. A response is expected soon.

142 responses to “Wife of Washington G.M. admits to “disparaging remarks” about ESPN reporter

  1. Scott McClueless

    I’m convinced the only person on the planet that can coach the redskins to the playoffs is Joe Gibbs and not even consistently.. Maybe every other year at best. They should just offer him $20 mil a year, because they will NEVER even be that good. Just a dumpster fire that never stops burning.

  2. As much as I don’t care for this sorry excuse for a football club, she probably said on behalf of many what we all think about BSPN. I give her kudos for that. That network is not even a hot mess, they are a disgrace.

  3. She’s apologizing for what she said after she’s had time to calm down. But unfiltered, when she first sent the tweet.. that’s where the honest response is. Where there’s smoke, there is fire. Interpret that anyway you want.

  4. Looks like a suspension comine… no way he wasnt at least generally aware she might be doing something.

  5. I thnk something in the DC air makes people unfaithful.

    Didn’t Scot McCloughan get married in March 2015?

  6. Any attentive person would notice the volume of stories Russini was breaking from all around the league, even when she was at a D.C. station and not ESPN. She was breaking stories that had NOTHING to do with her job. I don’t want to assume anything specific, but something is up with her.

  7. The Redskins would be a great TV soap opera. Come to think of it, they’d be perfect for Hard Knocks. And HBO wouldn’t have to come up with any story lines because they pretty much write themselves at this point.

  8. How can one team be such a clusterfudge, and consequently constantly have so much drama and incompetence, esp in the front office???

    Redskins fans should be taking to the streets with pitchforks, demanding Snyder’s head.

  9. She shouldn’t have said it, but it’s highly unlikely she just decided to fabricate the story. There’s Probably a lot more meat and truth to this. Lots of leaks in redskin park. I’d say she probably didn’t say anything that wasn’t untrue

  10. Why should she have to apologize? No different than most of the hack sports reporters all over the country writing false stories citing unnamed sources while doing it. Not to mention the false information and lies sports writers put out on a daily basis through twitter on a daily basis. There are no more classy sports writers around anymore. They either run with a story they hear through the rumor mill or just flat out lie! Perfect example is Tim Graham from the Buffalo News and everyone ran with the Bills GM rouge story about Fred Jackson being released without the owners being informed. Was totally false, but yet it’s ok for Graham to come back and tweet….minor mistake….Terry Pegula was informed, but Kim was not with him. Really nice, but too late because the story was already everywhere. Sad state of journalism in today’s world. Most should just work for TMZ or the National Enquier.

  11. I wonder how many times I’ll see the term, “stay classy,” on this comment board.

    Lighten up, people, nothing wrong with a little catfight from time to time, especially when they’re both hot.

  12. That’s the problem with society.. This chic was most likely telling the truth about this reporter and everyone wants to bash her for it. If more people would speak up and speak the truth instead of worrying about being politically correct this country would be in better shape. You don’t hear Trump apologizing for speaking his mind and the truth. He does not care because he doesn’t need the money from these big corporations as donations that want him to say what people want to hear. He says what people NEED to hear that nobody else will say, they only think it but won’t speak up and say it. If this is true and this reporter smoked some bones to get her stories then good for her by speaking the truth.

  13. Love this. I despise those who hide behind the PC cloak; haven’t we learned from Trump that Americans don’t like PCness if taken in the appropriate context? Not to disparage Ms. Russini, but how many stories has ESPN (not the gem that Berman built) delivered under false pretenses?

  14. When you’re drunk or angry, you say stuff you wouldn’t otherwise. That’s not because you make stuff up on the spot, it’s because the filters get overridden and the stuff you’ve been thinking but haven’t said comes flooding out…

  15. What the Mrs. said in a jealous fit was unfair and unkind.

    Going public on the twitter was to embarrass her husband.

    What is she, 12?

  16. Sports reporters has gone from bad to the worst. It is worse than Star or National Enquirer because people laugh at those articles but call our a sports writer for their shady work and they will play every card in the book defending their “professionalism”.

    She shouldn’t apologize and players shouldn’t be forced to speak to them. Now the internet trolls are going to start circling the band wagon offended by her remarks while 90 % of them say worse on 10 blogs a day.

  17. In vino veritas? Man, you couldn’t make up what’s happened in and around the ‘Skins and find a single soul that would believe it. Somewhere there are Niners fans that are giving thanks for it all though, always good to have someone breaking your fall.

  18. Poor judgement? Embarrassing for Scot McCloughan and the team? A resounding yes. But can we also agree the tweet was damn funny?

  19. The tenor and tone may be offensive but it’s not like what she’s alleging never happens in the sports world.

  20. Why issue a BS apology after a BS lie? Obviously she doesn’t have any respect for espn or the reporter. Neither do most people. Just say “yeah, I sent it. I meant it. Sorry the media was offended.” Who gives a sh!t? People aren’t allowed to not like other people anymore. Everyone must like everyone.

  21. I’ve been trying to tell people Russinni is working overtime. PFT, expectedly so, wouldn’t release my comments whenever I posted about her mischievous efforts to get insider information.

  22. Dear Commissioner Goodell:

    Please, please, please make the circus in Washington stop. Dan Snyder has brought nothing but disgrace to the Redskins organization, the entire DC area and the NFL. This is a person who clearly has zero clue how to run an organization with class and dignity. The latest issue – trying to cover up a very disparaging remark by the GM’s wife toward a reporter – wreaks of incompetence and immaturity. Under Snyder’s “leadership” the Washington Redskins​ are a laughing stock and a joke. The only move left is to force Snyder to sell the team. The credibility of the league is, in part, at stake when you have an organization that is this poorly run that it taints the rest of the members of the NFL.

  23. I gotta admit…I normally don’t care about all the gossipy stuff – I just care about the action on the field between the white lines on Sundays.

    Having said that, this story is hilarious.

  24. You wonder why this guy has had off field problems in the past and left the 49 ers.

    Guessing the wife was the genesis of some or all of those issues if this is what she fires off randomly over the Internet.

  25. No point in dumping on people who obviously have some personal issues and are going through enough pain and embarrassment, just for sake of snarkiness.

    And I don’t think Little Danny would condone it. At least, not yet.

  26. It’s “more probable than not” that the Redskins organization was “generally aware” that she made the comments. By not admitting to it immediately, the Redskins organization is engaged in conduct detrimental to the NFL.

    So, Goodell, that’s at least a million dollar fine and the loss of a 1st round draft pick, right?

  27. Its obvious this is a huge misunderstanding. This franchise is a model franchise in the NFL. The Washington Football team speaks class all the way through. Ownership is top notch in Daniel Snyder, Bruce Allen is a world class executive who just co signs and completely agrees with his boss Snyder on every issue, The GM McCloughan and his wife are two classy celebrity couple, the coach is a world class football mind that showed his coaching ability in last years teams performance and the players all play with heart. I would say that the Washington FOotball team is a world class franchise second to none. HTTR

  28. Say what you will about the Patriots, but everything they do is about winning. Everything Washington does is about deflecting blame and finger pointing.

    I’m pretty sure Kraft and Snyder bought their teams around the same time. It’s so shocking that one of them has 4 titles and the other is not going to win one anytime soon.

  29. Despite the (admitable) circus in DC right now, I’ll NEVER abandon the Washington Redskins despite the constant fauxpaus. Burgundy and gold from the womb to the tomb so hate away at my storied 3-Superbowl-trophy franchise; it’ll be that much more satisfying when we rise to the top again. Hail to the REDSKINS and to my Mohawk native pride. 505nativeSkinz.

  30. If Roger Goodell really cared about “protecting the shield,” he’d have declared jihad on Daniel Snyder and the clowns in Washington rather than worry about PSI and players smoking weed on their own time.

  31. Most are viewing her comments as disparaging of the reporter (which of course they are). But didn’t she also allege pretty bad behavior by her husband and/or his colleagues??

    Especially if one (and I’m not sure I do) that she had some basis for saying what she said.

  32. This is obviously a false flag operation concocted by both organizations to deflect attention from their incompetence on other matters. The NFL as a willing and silent parter in this incompetence also benefits from any diversion from the ugly matters at hand. Plus, Rossini gets something that all media personalities male and female will kill for: Publicity! Relevance! Young males will tune in to her broadcasts by the millions and you can insert any inference that you wish. It is after all, all about the ratings. Whatever it takes.

  33. This just shows you why nobody can be trusted email when they say they never tweeted, did steroids, cheated, etc etc etc…….. They claimed she was innocent and an investigation was launched just a few hours ago

  34. See now, the term “Redskins” no longer means an offensive slang for Native Americans. It now refers to the skin color of the team’s executives caused by severe embarrassment.

  35. So a simple Google Images search for both ladies will reveal the motive for the nastygram.

    Mrs. McCloughan looks a bit ragged out and she’s probably jealous that Ms. Russini is young, beautiful, and successful on her own rather than having to cling to some 5th rate GM for a minor league NFL franchise.

  36. Alas, the real reason they are called redskins; the red faced look of anger and embarrassment that identifies their fans.

  37. The Redskins would ha e broken ratings records this year if they were the team selected for Hard Knocks. I don’t even have HBO and I wod have signed up to watch them.

  38. The one positive thing the Redskins had was McCloughan. Finally a real football GM.

    I predicted he’d last 3 years max before butting heads with Danny Boy forced him to leave. Looks like I’ll have to move that time frame up a bit.

    The Redskins just can’t have nice things.

  39. I tried not to rise to it, but this really sucks! Some may see it as a little light relief but it’s a blow to me, and I’m taking it hard. I just hope the league doesn’t go too soft on her!

  40. If Jay Gruden is fired during the bye week….well let’s just say that’s some great foreshadowing by Russini. From her own mouth, it wasn’t from any insider info. *wink*

    Jessica is probably telling the truth.

  41. I think that Jessica was “generally aware” that the reporter had a “good likelihood” of having performed that “act” in the past.

    Using the NFL’s flawless logic process, it only made sense to conclude that was how Ms. Russini acquired the aforementioned information.

    I would expect the NFL to tell Ms. Russini that in light of the facts, she should admit to having committed the “act” and answer the questions.

    (sarcasm)

  42. Next CBA Goodell and the owners are going to push for anything your spouse, grandma, grandpa, cousins, brother, sister, all in laws do that reflect poorly on the league will cause them to be banned from stadiums and automatically trigger a 6 game suspension without pay for the employee or player plus a $1 million fine.

  43. Apparently, the wife tweeted multiple times but only this one tweet is getting play. She also accused the ESPN reporter of having an affair with her husband. Barstool Sports has the string of tweets.

  44. Kind of unreal.

    ‘NFL GM’ is not exactly a title that implies job stability. Most NFL GMs have a short run at their respective position (until the next one). Most NFL GMs will do a number of things that will wind up getting them fired. 99.99% are football related usually involving things like bad drafts, bad trades, bad contracts, bad coaching hires, etc.

    To be an NFL GM of an already garbage team situation (owner, coach, QB) and then to possibly have your job/career torpedoed by something that someone ELSE did is just beyond the pale. Think about that. This guy may lose his job because of something non-GM/Football/Team related that his spouse did.

    That’s messed up and gonna make for some very uncomfortable family dinners at the McL household.

  45. So many of us are torn on this:

    – Wife didn’t something very immature and stupid that may have torpedoed her husband’s job/career.

    – Wife tweeted what many of us have been thinking for a long time about how reporters get ‘access’. Hey, we all watch Ballers right?

    Regardless, the dinner table gonna be a bit frosty at that house. I expect Scott to bust out the Will Ferrell ‘I DRIVE A DODGE STRATUS’ line.

  46. The skins need to fire her. OH, she is not an employee. Oh, well. Wonder if she can play QB, they are going to need one.
    Cousins? Really? He wasn’t that good in college. Can’t run, can’t pass.

  47. In addition to banning her from all social activities for a year, the Skins need to fire their VP of media and communications for the outright lies they told about this being a fake Twitter account. What a complete insult to the media, fans, and public.

  48. It’s so sad that a woman would make such a sexist remark about another woman trying t do her job. Can you imagine the outrage if it were her husband who said this.? Feminist across the country would call for his head.

  49. Love her twitter bio that says; “I’m trying to master the patience to deal with second rate reporters who are only a 5.5 (at best). Keep grinding it out for that 5k salary.”
    I feel sorry for her husband.

  50. It amazes me how many high-profile people still don’t get how Twitter works and how much trouble shooting your mouth off on the internet can cause. In the past few years, just think how much turmoil has been caused by some celeb/executive’s “tweet”. Duh!

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