Report: Arbitrator rules against Scot McCloughan's grievance over former Redskins GM's firing

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Scot McCloughan’s tenure in Washington had a turbulent ending. (AP Photo)
Scot McCloughan’s tenure in Washington had a turbulent ending. (AP Photo)

After a long wait, an arbitrator has ruled in favor of the Washington Redskins in former general manager Scot McCloughan’s grievance against the team over his controversial firing, according to the Washington Post.

The ruling comes more than a year after McCloughan’s official dismissal in May 2017, for which he filed a grievance alleging that he was fired unjustly. According to the Post, McCloughan sought roughly $2.8 million for the 22 months remaining on his four-year contract when the team let him go.

The decision from NFL arbitrator Peter Harvey is reportedly final, with McCloughan having no further recourse or ability to appeal under NFL jurisdiction.

Washington closes the book on Scot McCloughan

Washington took a big risk in 2015 when it hired McCloughan due to his past personal demons. One of the most well-respected scouts in the business, McCloughan was forced to leave a general manager job with the 49ers and a senior personnel executive job with the Seahawks due to problems stemming from alcoholism.

Those problems reportedly resurfaced during McCloughan’s tenure in Washington, as the Post reported that he was dismissed due to showing up to work drunk. That account has been challenged though, as other reports have painted a rift with team president Bruce Allen as the reason for McCloughan’s firing.

Whatever the reason, the firing was not handled smoothly. Rumors of McCloughan’s dismissal surfaced a week earlier when the team forced him to miss the NFL scouting combine.

The arbitrator accepted Washington’s justification that McCloughan was fired for cause.

What is Scot McCloughan doing now?

After his dismissal, McCloughan went back to his old gig of running a private scouting service from home. He was later hired as a draft consultant by the Cleveland Browns, where he likely played a role in selecting Baker Mayfield first overall in the 2018 NFL draft.

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