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ESPN stands by latest RGIII reporting

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On Sunday, ESPN dusted off the RGIII file, pushing a fresh set of reports suggesting that plenty of dysfunction still exists in D.C. Washington coach Jay Gruden responded after Sunday’s loss to Minnesota, with angry words that accused ESPN of “amateurish” reporting.

According to Richard Deitsch of SI.com, ESPN stands by Britt McHenry’s reporting regarding Griffin. (McHenry has added nothing on her own Twitter page, but she has retweeted Deitsch’s message.)

On Sunday, McHenry reported that Griffin has “alienated himself” from teammates. That’s not a new concept; reports and rumors of teammates resenting Griffin have lingered since his rookie year. The bigger problem comes from McHenry’s characterization of teammates becoming loud in the locker room to disrupt Griffin’s efforts to talk to reporters on Friday. Multiple other reporters who were present for the incident contend that the players weren’t acting out against Griffin but against recent efforts by the team to expand media availability.

In most cases, a media company issues a report, the team or player to whom the report relates disputes it, and the media company then stands by the report. This case includes a stream of accounts from independent parties whose version of the events directly contradicts the report.

Meanwhile, the situation involves the media company for whom Jay Gruden’s big brother works. This one would have been a lot better if it had emerged before Washington played on ESPN’s Monday Night Football seven days ago.