McCloughan testified in his grievance against Washington

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Former Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan has filed a grievance against the team for the balance of his contract, and the in-house litigation is moving forward.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, McCloughan recently was questioned under oath by Washington lawyers. The deposition occurred during the organization’s bye week. It was part of the grievance’s discovery process, which is moving fairly quickly as part of the expedited, internal grievance process.

The parties already have exchanged documents that may be relevant to the case. Similar to the Colin Kaepernick collusion grievance, McCloughan and his representatives could swing the case his way by finding one or two key text messages or emails in what otherwise will be a mountain of evidence.

PFT also has learned that Commissioner Roger Goodell has designated Peter Harvey to serve as the hearing officer in the case. Harvey, the former New Jersey Attorney General, served on the four-person advisory panel in the Ezekiel Elliott case and participated in the conference call conducted in connection with the announcement of a six-game suspension.

Washington refused to pay McCloughan after firing him, claiming that it had just cause for doing so. It’s widely believed that Washington cited alcohol use in connection with the move.

McCloughan’s contract requires him to pursue any claims for breach of the agreement by filing a grievance with the league, which is hardly a fair and impartial forum in cases like this. But since front-office employees and coaches aren’t represented by a union and also hope to get those jobs, they happily sign away their right to take the case to an independent court.

After all, if they won’t, someone else will.

19 responses to “McCloughan testified in his grievance against Washington

  1. “Fair and impartial” – we just had 8 years of this and look where it got us.
    This GM drank himself out of a career. That’s his own damn fault.

    Again, Kap has NO “right” to an NFL contract. I don’t care what Florio says, no player has a “right” to employment by the employer of his choosing, and at the salary level at which the idiot former QB chooses.

    Lesson here is this:
    1. Don’t drink on the job or drink to the point that affects your job in any way.
    2. Do NOT bring your politics into the workplace lest your bosses have a diametrically opposed political stance than you and you get fired.

    Oh and let’s NOT forget that Kap OPT-OUT of his contract! The media absolutely refuses to add that little factual nugget. He CHOSE to be unemployed and pocket his $19 million.

  2. Oh and let’s NOT forget that Kap OPT-OUT of his contract! The media absolutely refuses to add that little factual nugget. He CHOSE to be unemployed and pocket his $19 million.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    The opt-out is a red herring. Yes he opted out. the 49’ers also said that if he had not opted out, they would have released him. Either way he ends up in the same situation: unemployed.

  3. “Oh and let’s NOT forget that Kap OPT-OUT of his contract! The media absolutely refuses to add that little factual nugget.”

    Actually lets not forget the fact that Kap was told by the 9ers he would be cut and never get another dime out of his contract. He opted out with the though that the additional lead time on the coming season would give him a better chance of catching on with another team.

    Keep spreading the disinformation though. If you are only posting half the truth and acting like the other half doesn’t exist, you’re just telling a lie.

  4. Pay the man-

    Let’s see, the Skins have used this method of getting rid of front office personnel since Allen took over. It is claimed that drinking was the problem. It is claimed he was drunk all of the time. Yet, no reporter or player has come forward saying this was true. How is this even possible if the former GM was surrounded by reporters and employees all of the time? It is not. Allen has trashed the last few coaches on the way out. Through anonymous “sources” reports trashing these fired front office personnel have surfaced all with the intention of making then look bad and Allen look good. Apparently from Allens office he cannot find the entrance on to the high road.
    The culture of the Redskins has been changed since McCloughan arrived. The type of player the Redskins look for and draft or sign is different. The Redskins have a depth to their team not seen in 30 years. This was all Scot McCloughan.
    Allen HATED the credit McCloughan was getting for the culture change. It is that petty of a situation in Washington.

  5. Just cause alcohol was involved does not give the employer ‘Just Cause”.
    I have done some of my best work while totally inebriated.

  6. You guys saying Kap has no right to an NFL job are 100% correct. Lucky for him though that is not what his lawsuit is about. His suit is whether or not there was collusion by 2 or more teams to not offer him a job. If you don’t know what collusion is please look it up because that is the key to the case not whether or not a player has a “right” to a contract.

  7. Yeah, the first guy is proof positive why workers continue to get screwed in this country. Nobody is owed anything, but collusion is against the law, and firing someone for alcoholism is too, but anyone who has halfway looked at the Washington situation knows that’s not why McCloughan got fired. It’s lower than low to use a guy’s past to justify getting rid of him so you don’t have to pay out his contract.

  8. As others have said, there has been no corroboration that he was drunk on the job. Even if there was an occasion or two when he was…so what? The Skins knew that he had a problem with alcohol, and hadn’t quit drinking, when they hired him. Additionally, he did a competent job while he was there. Pay that man his money.

  9. Iknowitall says:
    October 22, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    Just cause alcohol was involved does not give the employer ‘Just Cause”.
    I have done some of my best work while totally inebriated.

    ___________________________________________

    That’s not a fair comparison, bro. You’re a driving instructor.

  10. 6thsense10 says:
    October 22, 2017 at 12:23 pm
    You guys saying Kap has no right to an NFL job are 100% correct. Lucky for him though that is not what his lawsuit is about. His suit is whether or not there was collusion by 2 or more teams to not offer him a job. If you don’t know what collusion is please look it up because that is the key to the case not whether or not a player has a “right” to a contract.

    —————
    Understood what collusion is. But that also is why any actual collusion was always unlikely. There are too many reasons why signing Kaep is a bad idea thats its unlikely anyone ever got into a conversation aimed to insure he did not get signed. An owner saying “I think he would diminish my investment” and another ower saying he thinks the same is not collusion. Also if an owner said he did not want him on the team for no other reason than his kneeling thats still not illegal. An employer can devide to not employ you simply because they dont like your haircut. This lawyer is going to need to find that a team wanted to hire him and was pressured by the league or other teams not to do it and I seriously doubt that happened. Keep in mind these guys compete with each other. Any of them would love to see another team do something that weakens their ability as an opponent.

  11. mufasa1822 says:
    McCloughan has a case.
    Kaepernick does not.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Neither of us knows what kind of case they each have. As was mentioned, McCloughan had good results in gathering quality personnel, and we have no facts that he was unduly impaired. We don’t know if Kaep.’s attorneys found evidence of collusion among owners or not.

  12. admitted alcoholic, via SI article. Dangerous Dan hires him, team is successful, Dan gets jealous and fires him for drinking. huh? what am i missing here?

  13. Washington knew McCloughan had substance abuse issues yet they hired him and he did a dam good job. None of us know if he slipped but instead of helping him Allen used it as a way to get out of his contract and take full control. Snyder the weasel that he is liked the idea because it saved him money. At the end of the day the Skins will suffer like they have been for three decades because Scott did a fantastic job and didn’t deserve the treatment he got from those two clowns.

  14. Jazz Rocks what you say below is absolutely a false requirement to collusion:

    “This lawyer is going to need to find that a team wanted to hire him and was pressured by the league or other teams not to do it and I seriously doubt that happened.”

    All that needs to be proven for collusion is that 2 or more teams conspired together to not hire Kap for any reason. That’s it. The reason why they’re not hiring him isn’t important the conspiracy is what’s important.

    Whether you believe he has a case that can be proven or not can be argued. What can’t be argued is what constitutes collusion. It’s fairly black and white and spelled out in the CBA.

  15. McCloughan was publicly drunk several times. It’s on tape, plus I’ve seen it. And if that was one of the stipulations of his contract… Case closed.

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