Yet again setting a new standard for franchise incompetence, the Washington football team has now been humiliated by Jessica McCloughan, wife of general manager Scot McCloughan, having to apologize for accusing an ESPN reporter of giving blow jobs for access.

Earlier today, Black Sports Online reported on a Twitter account that seemingly belonged to Jessica McCloughan. The account’s tweets accused ESPN anchor Dianna Russini of trading sexual favors for information, and of being Scot McCloughan’s “side piece.” At least, that’s what we think the accusations are, as they’re kind of incoherent.

The circumstantial evidence that the account truly belonged to McCloughan was pretty strong, as far as these things go. Her son’s account had tweeted at it, and so had the wife of another Washington employee, and it was deleted immediately after BSO’s story went up. But Washington PR man Tony Wyllie— who has proven himself in the past to be both a dipshit and incompetent—called up both BSO and ProFootballTalk to tell them not only that the account was in no uncertain terms a fake, but that the team had contacted NFL security about the matter.

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The flimsy fake account story only held for a couple of hours, before Washington issued a statement on behalf of Jessica McCloughan apologizing for her tweets:

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.”

Immediately afterwards, ESPN issued their own 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.

There’s no point in even writing a joke here in the kicker, as nothing I could write would be funnier than the actual real life situations this football team gets itself into.


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