Dwayne Haskins Death

            The NFL world was shaken with some tragic news on Saturday morning with the death of one of its young stars.

            Quarterback Dwayne Haskins, an Ohio State standout and a member of the Washington Commanders and Pittsburgh Steelers, passed away on Saturday when he was struck by a dump truck in South Florida. He was in the Sunshine State training for the upcoming season with his fellow Steeler teammates.

            While the death was certainly tragic, more people are talking about the controversial tweet that ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter sent on Saturday. The now deleted tweet said the following:

“Dwayne Haskins, a standout at Ohio State before struggling to catch on with Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL, died this morning when he got hit by a car in South Florida, per his agent Cedric Saunders. Haskins would have turned 25 on May 3.”

            The sports and NFL community roasted Schefter’s tweet. Those that roasted him included former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

            Jones tweeted “How about Dwayne Haskins, son, husband, Buckeye brother, friend, beloved teammate, has passed away. TF about his career ups and downs have to do with him unfortunately losing his life.”

            Jackson also tweeted in response to Schefter’s initial tweet saying, “You lame asf a grown as* man.”

            Amid the backlash, Schefter reworded his tweet later Saturday as to not be so insensitive, saying the following:

“Dwayne Haskins, a standout at Ohio State before becoming Washington’s first-round pick and playing in Pittsburgh, died this morning when he got hit by a car in South Florida, per his agent Cedric Saunders. Haskins would have turned 25 years old on May 3.”

            Schefter has yet to come out and formally apologize. **

            He wasn’t the only well-known sports figure to get criticized for comments about Haskins’ death.

            Gil Brandt, a longtime former executive for the Dallas Cowboys, made some pretty harsh comments about Haskins’ passing, saying that he “was living to be dead” or so to speak, while speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio.

            Brandt went on to say, “It was always something. It was one of those, ‘I’m not offsides but they keep calling me offsides. It’s a tragic thing. Anytime somebody dies, it’s tragic especially when you’re 24 years old and you got your whole life ahead of you. Maybe if he’d stayed in school an [extra] year, he wouldn’t do silly things.”

            Twitter erupted in response to those comments as well.

            ESPN reporter Mina Kimes tweeted, “How is this real?”

            Louis Riddick, also from ESPN tweeted, “I really hope you didn’t mean what you said.”

            Finally, Yahoo Sports NFL writer Charles Robinson, after hearing the audio from Brandt’s Sirius XM interview, tweeted “It is just completely inappropriate and hurtful.”

            Brandt later apologized in a tweet.

“This morning while learning of Dwayne Haskins’ passing, I reacted carelessly and insensitively on a radio interview. I want to apologize to Mr. Haskins’ family and anyone who heard my poor choice of words. I truly apologize. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time.”

            Haskins is survived by his wife, Kalabrya, and his parents, Dwayne Sr., and Tamia.

            **at the time this post was written, Schefter had not apologized. However, he issued a formal apology via Twitter on April 12.


3 thoughts on “Dwayne Haskins Death

  1. It’s crazy to think someone we watched not too long ago at Ohio State has passed. It is truly a tragedy what happened to him but he will certainly go down as a great for his time with Ohio State.

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