In a story published last Thursday, one week after the Redskins fired General Manager Scot McCloughan, MMQB’s Albert Breer wrote about three incidents over the last two years that contributed to the strained relationship between McCloughan and the front office, including Redskins President Bruce Allen. One of the incidents involved safety Su’a Cravens, who referred to it as a “B.S. story” in a series of tweets on Monday.
After being injured in the Redskins’ win over the Eagles on Dec. 11, Cravens missed Washington’s next two games — a loss to the Panthers on “Monday Night Football” and a win over the Bears on Christmas Eve — with a biceps bruise. According to Breer, Redskins players, including some who had seen Cravens playing ping-pong at Redskins Park, “were openly wondering why he wasn’t pushing through the injury.” The team reportedly wanted Cravens to get his arm drained to return for Washington’s regular season finale against the Giants, and after Cravens responded by not showing up for treatment, McCloughan called the rookie.
“That didn’t go over well with Allen,” Breer wrote.
“Interesting people will slander your name to get ahead in life,” Cravens, who is vacationing in Hawaii, tweeted Monday in response to Breer’s story. “I guess that’s why this is a slimy business.”
Cravens also indicated that he plans to start giving reporters “beast mode responses” in the future, a reference to former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who had a contentious relationship with members of the media and famously answered every question at Super Bowl media day in 2015 with some variation of, “I’m here so I won’t get fined.” Lynch later trademarked the phrase, so Cravens will need to use something else. “I feel blessed,” he offered Monday. “I’d rather be playing ping-pong,” would also work.
Bashaud Breeland, who was involved in another one of the incidents Breer mentioned, responded to the story last week by tweeting that it’s “crazy how they make good people out to look bad.” According to Breer, McCloughan approached Breeland in the locker room after the cornerback had argued with a coach during a December practice and told him to come to his office.
“As was the case with Cravens, some players believed Breeland needed to be shaken and didn’t mind McCloughan doing it,” Breer wrote. “Clearly, others within the organization didn’t think it was his place.”