Former Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan has taken the next step in the grievance he filed this summer with the NFL over his firing, providing testimony under oath to lawyers representing the team during the discovery phase of the process.
The development was first reported by NBC Sports' Mike Florio and independently confirmed Sunday by two people familiar with the process.
The Redskins fired McCloughan "for cause" March 9, two years and two months into a four-year contract, asserting they were not obligated to pay his salary for the remaining 22 months of the deal. Shortly after the team-owned radio station speculated that McCloughan was abusing alcohol, a team official, speaking on a condition of anonymity, told The Washington Post that the general manager was ousted because he had reported to work intoxicated. McCloughan has countered that he was fired unjustly and is seeking the balance due on his contract, estimated to be as much as $2.6 million, via the NFL's private grievance process.
As part of the discovery phase, lawyers representing both the Redskins and McCloughan have exchanged affidavits regarding his tenure with the team. They have also exchanged lists of witnesses they plan to call if the dispute isn't settled during the discovery phase and goes to a hearing, two sources said Sunday.
Peter Harvey, a former New jersey attorney general, has been appointed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the hearing officer, the sources confirmed. The Redskins had no comment Sunday. McCloughan could not be reached for comment.
—Liz Clarke and Mark Maske, The Washington Post
Gilman 4-star DE Booker commits to Stanford
Gilman's Thomas Booker, a four-star defensive end in the ESPN 300, has committed to play football for Stanford. He announced his commitment on Twitter on Sunday, opting for the Cardinal over Notre Dame, Harvard, Princeton and Penn. In Palo Alto, Calif., Booker joins two former Greyhounds teammates — sophomore running back Dorian Maddox and sophomore offensive tackle Devry Hamilton. Booker has visited the Stanford campus and he took two classes there before his junior year. He earned A's in both, economics and African-American science fiction literature.
— Katherine Dunn
Horse racing: Frigid Sister, in her second career start, made a last-to-first move on the extreme outside to power past pacesetting stablemate Last True Love and head a Steve and Debbie Jackson homebred exacta in Sunday's featured eighth race at Laurel Park. The winning time for the 6-furlong race was 1 minute, 11.32 seconds. Flint Stites-trained stablemate Last True Love was 33/4-lengths behind in second with Zensational Kiss third in the $42,000 entry-level allowance for 2-year-old fillies. ... Lael Stables' More'n Likely slipped through an opening along the rail in midstretch and held off favored Quality Time to capture the co-feature, a $42,000 entry-level allowance for fillies and mares on the Bowl Game Turf Course. The winning time for 51/2 furlongs was 1:02.06.
Youth boxing: Adrian Benton of Cincinnati earned a 4-1 decision over Malik Warren of Catonsville in a 132-pound final at the Eastern Elite Qualifier and Regional Open Championship on Saturday night in Chattanooga, Tenn.
College field hockey: No. 12 Maryland (12-5, 6-2 Big Ten) rolled to a 6-0 win over No. 21 Rutgers (9-8, 3-5) in the regular-season finale for both teams. Melissa Wilken and Madison Maguire each scored her first career hat tricks.
Women's college soccer: Erin Stevenson scored three goals to help host UMBC (4-10-3, 2-6) to a 3-1 comeback victory over New Hampshire (11-5-1, 5-2-1). ... Towson (5-11-2, 2-6-1 Colonial Athletic Association) fell, 3-1, to host William & Mary (7-9-2, 3-4-2) in the regular-season finale for both teams. Sam Lotti scored for the Tigers. ... Mount St. Mary's (5-10-1, 2-4 Northeast Conference) lost, 4-0, to host Robert Morris (5-11, 3-4).
Women's college volleyball: Towson (21-3, 7-3 CAA) hit .347 en route to a 25-17, 25-16, 25-14 win over host William & Mary (4-20, 1-9).