Jessica McCloughan sent the tweets after Russini broke the news about Kirk Cousins starting as the Redskins' quarterback over Robert Griffin III on Monday. Russini also contributed to a story about members of the Redskins' front office butting heads over Griffin's future with the team.
McCloughan issued the apology in the following statement:
“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.”
ESPN issued a statement on Wednesday in response to the exchange.
“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.”
The Redskins originally said the tweet had come from a fake account, but reversed course after McCloughan's apology. Her account has since been deleted.
- Erin Flynn