Redskins: Team was initially misled about McCloughan's wife's Twitter account being fake
WASHINGTON - The fallout surrounding the social media scandal involving the wife of Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan continues on Thursday.
Jessica McCloughan sent tweets accusing an ESPN reporter of performing sexual favors for her husband in exchange for inside information on the team.
Robert Littal, the editor-in-chief and founder of BlackSportsOnline, first posted the story about the tweets made by the general manager's wife. After their report came out on Wednesday, Redskins Senior Vice President of Communications Tony Wyllie initially said the Twitter account was fake.
"It was Scot McCloughan's wife that told them directly that the account was fake and that she did not send the tweets out, that she had no knowledge of this account and it was someone else pretending to be her," Littal told FOX 5.
"It's kind of disheartening to me that the Redskins, when we originally posted the story, were so emphatic with their denials. And in my opinion, did not take the story very seriously. They just took her word for it and put out a denial before actually vetting and investigating first."
Littal said after McCloughan lied to the team about the Twitter account, the Redskins contacted NFL security to investigate. According to his sources, that investigation traced the IP address used for McCloughan's @Rutherchevy Twitter account back to her.
"At that point, she confessed and then came out with the other statement about three hours later," said Littal.
On Thursday afternoon, Wyllie said the team was misled.
"Originally we were lied to by her [Jessica McCloughan] and that's why the Redskins issued that original statement and then once it was discovered that it was her account she issued the apology," Wyllie said.