Wyllie explains “no means no” moment

An intriguing piece of video is making the rounds in the aftermath of Monday night’s game in Dallas.  Video shows Washington senior V.P. of communications Tony Wyllie telling John Sutcliffe of ESPN Deportes, who was trying to interview quarterback Colt McCoy, “No means no!

Wyllie explained the situation to PFT by phone on Tuesday morning. He said that Sutcliffe had provided no prior notice of a desire to interview McCoy on the field after the game. Wyllie said that Sutcliffe nevertheless tried to interview McCoy, Wyllie told Sutcliffe no, and then Sutcliffe proceeded to start the interview anyway.

The plan was to get McCoy to the locker room for the post-game comments from coach Jay Gruden. Thereafter, Wyllie and the team made McCoy available for multiple interviews, including at on-set visit with ESPN, which seems to have no issues with the outcome.

“John interviewed Colt McCoy a short time later,” ESPN said in a statement. “We have moved on and turned our focus to next Monday’s Colts-Giants telecast.”

That won’t stop folks from focusing on Wyllie’s reaction to Sutcliffe. Based on Wyllie’s explanation, it looks like Sutcliffe provoked it.

33 responses to “Wyllie explains “no means no” moment

  1. he just looked like a goon, shoving the reporter and grabbing colt by the shoulder.

    The last thing the nfl needs is to look belligerent on national tv right now.

    just a bad optic.

  2. Good to see ESPN has taken a page from the Belichick playbook…

    ““We have moved on and turned our focus to next Monday’s Colts-Giants telecast.”

  3. It’s pretty simple, just follow the rules. If someone tells you no then just adhere to the rules and there will be no problem. Quit acting like an entitled brat and doing whatever you please. As the article said the person got to interview him anyways. Did you think they weren’t going to make him available for an interview after that win? Absolutely not, NFL wants all the ratings it can muster.

  4. It was an odd moment… with all the talk of the Redskins expecting to win, it sure looked like Colt McCoy was new to the whole “post-game victory interview” business…

  5. Typical power trip from someone (Wyllie) who’s not very important yet feels the need to try to assert his authority to make himself feel that way. He could have handled it in a classier way than literally shoving McCoy out of the way and yelling at the reporter, who was just standing there passively.

  6. I worked as a PR guy with platinum and gold-selling rock bands for 10 years. I can’t imagine embarrassing myself like Wyllie did (man-handling Colt and then shouting at the reporter). There are ways to be assertive and professionally cut off that interview … and that wasn’t the way.

  7. They should modify the domestic violence PSA to include situations like this: “No more he was just trying to get a sound bite for the post-game show.”

  8. ESPN’s problem. They weren’t prepared to have to interview a Redskin. So, they throw a guy from ESPN Deportes over there, while Steve Young (and crew) were probably hovering around Dallas expecting the comeback.

  9. I’m sure that I’ll get a lot of thumb downs for this, but don’t really care. The phrase, “No means No” has been central to putting the spotlight on and hopefully reducing sexual assault for quite awhile. The NFL is trying to recover from the initial screw up with Ray Rice, and is playing public service announcements about domestic violence and sexual assault during game broadcasts. In light of the current environment, using the no means no phrase in this context appears to make light of a serious issue. Most likely it was not his intention. But it was kind of a bone head move on his part.

  10. How exactly do PR people get to be the PR heads of multi-billion dollar businesses that are incredibly public, without knowing the slightest thing about PR?

  11. Yeah, it’s become so personal it’s embarrassing. Spending hours and hours hating on the Redskins name is time that can be spent with family.

  12. I don’t care who provoked it. I don’t care what the back story is.

    He’s a PR man. A good PR man would know that the moment was being videoed, would know how bad that video would look, and would avoid it all costs.

    He would not let his professionalism be over taken by his temper. The last thing any team needs, especially the Redskin Potatoes, is negative publicity.

    How on earth a PR professional would not know and understand that is beyond me.

  13. I thought this rivalry game would be close. And congrats to McCoy, who may not be a true starter but I always thought he deserved a better chance than he got in Cleveland and elsewhere. Hard to see how Cousins can remain in the backup picture with McCoy there.

    But you can see why Wyllie is the public face of this dysfunctional franchise. He’s the guy who was defending the lawsuits against poor ticket holders who were coerced into buying tickets they could not afford. Don’t ever expect him to stand up to Little Danny, he knows he could never replicate this cushy gig anywhere else. Danny is well known for charging fees for access to his team and freezing out those who refuse to pay.

  14. I’m sure somewhere in there Wyllie was feeling the pressure to ensure the league-owned media got the first crack at McCoy, and that’s pretty much all there is to the story….Did he handle it bad? yes….Is this really a story of any significance? Nahhh….

    The real story is Baushad (?) Breeland and HIS performance last night…That’s why they won

  15. I believe noted journalist, humanitarian and philanthropist, Rush Limbaugh, sums up Sutcliffe’s response for us here:

    “How many of you guys, in your own experience with women, have learned that “no” means “yes” if you know how to spot it?”

    If you listen to this guy, you have serious personal issues.

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