Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The wife of Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has apologized for “disparaging” and “unfounded” comments on her Twitter account about an ESPN reporter.

The Redskins issued a statement on behalf of Jessica McCloughan on Wednesday night in which she acknowledged making the remarks, which said the reporter exchanged sexual favors for information.

“I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account,” Jessica McCloughan wrote in a statement. “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 had in any way negatively impacted the team and its loyal fan base.”

That apology never mentioned Dianna Russini by name, but a statement issued by ESPN said, in part: “Dianna is an excellent reporter who should never have to be subjected to such vulgar comments.”

Russini previously worked as a sports anchor for Washington’s NBC affiliate. She was hired in May by ESPN. Earlier in the week, she reported that the Redskins’ front office was not united when assessing the future of quarterback Robert Griffin III.

When first approached about the since-deleted tweets, and now shutdown account, Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie told reporters that the comments had come from a “fake” account.

Hours later, the Redskins provided the statement from McCloughan’s wife.

Scot McCloughan is entering his first season as Washington’s GM.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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