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Volume 26 No. 178
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Redskins PR Head Tony Wyllie Leaving For Role At Special Olympics

The Redskins are "losing another of their top executives," as Senior VP/Communications TONY WYLLIE is "leaving for a management job with the Special Olympics," according to sources cited by Les Carpenter of the WASHINGTON POST. Wyllie has "played a prominent role in shaping the organization's message in the 10 seasons he has been with the team." He is "considered to be a valuable troubleshooter for a team that has generated negative headlines, including for the high-profile dismissals" of former coach MIKE SHANAHAN, GM SCOT MCCLOUGHAN and President of Business Operations & COO BRIAN LAFEMINA. Wyllie is "by far the longest-tenured public relations head" in DANIEL SNYDER's 20 years as Redskins Owner. In Snyder's "tumultuous early years of ownership, public relations officials often left as frequently as head coaches" (WASHINGTON POST, 9/20). In DC, Matthew Paras notes Wyllie's "signature moment ... is arguably a confrontation with a reporter" after a Redskins win on "MNF" in '14, when he "yelled 'No means no!' and pulled" QB COLT MCCOY away from an interview. The Redskins have had "at least 40 employees leave the team" since Lafemina was fired in December, eight months after being hired (WASHINGTON TIMES, 9/20).