Sally Jenkins’s March 12 Sports column, “Redskins’ train to dysfunction junction has but one conductor at the controls ,” spelled out the Redskins’ problem and what it means for many fans.
Now-fired general manager Scot McCloughan, as Ms. Jenkins pointed out, was receiving way too much credit for building a real NFL roster of players and for the team’s back-to-back winning seasons to suit team owner Dan Snyder’s liking.
While the Redskins’ official announcement of Mr. McCloughan’s departure was civil, people almost concurrently informed the media — speaking anonymously, of course — that Mr. McCloughan was fired because of alcohol problems. Not one of these sources identified a job-related mistake or oversight.
Why is it necessary to smear a departing employee? If the general manager did have a problem, he would need help and concern — not a kick to the head when he’s down and out (of a job). Good organizations in professional football or any other industry do not behave this way.
Ms. Jenkins’s column has crystallized my discomfort and probably that of many others, too. How can we support an organization whose owner behaves this way? The answer for me is that I cannot. As a fan since the early 1960s, I’m done with the Redskins until there’s a change in ownership.
Grady K. Carlson, Vienna