Jessica McCloughan issued a mea culpa for "unfounded and inappropriate" comments directed at ESPN's Dianna Russini

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated September 03, 2015 03:00 PM
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The wife of Washington Redskins General Manager Scot McCloughan has apologized for sending a tweet that accused ESPN reporter Dianna Russini of performing oral sex in exchange for inside information.

“I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account,” she said in a statement, according to NBC Sports. “The comment was unfounded and inappropriate, and I have the utmost respect for both the reporter and ESPN.”

The drama unfolded this week when Washington fans noticed a now-deleted tweet Jessica McCloughan fired off late last month that reportedly read, “Please tell us how many BJ’S you had to give to get this story. And did they laugh at you before or after?”

She reportedly followed it up with another tweet that accused Russini of being her husband’s new “side chick” after she broke the story about Kirk Cousins replacing Robert Griffith III as the team’s starting quarterback.

The team initially denied the quotes were legitimate, claiming they came from a fake account, but later retracted the denial and issued Jessica McCloughan’s apology Wednesday.

“I regret that my actions have brought undeserved negative attention to the organization and its leadership,” the statement also read. “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.”

The dust-up comes during a delicate period for the Washington-based NFL team, which has come under fire for declining to alter its controversial Redskins name and logo.

After McCloughan’s statement, ESPN issued one of its own Wednesday night: “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.”