Washington has fired general manager Scot McCloughan.
An official with direct knowledge of the situation attributed the decision to McCloughan’s ongoing problems with alcohol, which also led to his firing from front office positions with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and Seattle Seahawks in 2014.
“He’s had multiple relapses due to alcohol,” said the official, who spoke on a condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on personnel matters. “He showed up in the locker room drunk on multiple occasions. . . . This has been a disaster for 18 months.”
McCloughan, the official said, has received alcohol treatment since joining the franchise in January 2015, but he hasn’t actively worked for the team in weeks.
“He didn’t make the best of his third chance in the NFL,” the official said.
The team confirmed the decision in a statement provided to The Washington Post Thursday evening.
“Washington (has) released Scot McCloughan from the organization effective immediately. We wish him success in his future endeavors. The team will have no further comment on his departure. The organization remains confident in our personnel department as we execute our free agency plans as well as prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft,” Team President Bruce Allen said in the statement.
McCloughan’s ouster leaves owner Daniel Snyder searching for what will be the fifth general manager of his 18-year tenure as owner.