Dwayne Haskins apologizes for strip club COVID-19 breach

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Dwayne Haskins has gone from persona non grata to adequate replacement to persona non grata all over again.

The Washington quarterback dropped from starter to street clothes earlier this years. Now playing again due to injuries to Kyle Allen and Alex Smith, Haskins has apologized for social-media posts that supposedly show him at a strip club on Sunday, in apparent violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

“I want to publicly apologize for my actions this past Sunday,” Haskins tweeted after the story came to light. “I spoke with Coach Rivera yesterday and took full accountability for putting the team at risk. It was irresponsible and immature of me and I accept responsibility for my action. I also want to apologize for creating a distraction for my team during our playoff push. I will learn and grow from this and do what’s best for the team moving forward.”

John Keim of ESPN.com reports that the team has been in contact with the league regarding the situation, but that the team is handling the situation internally.

It’s a distraction the team doesn’t need, not with a potential division-clinching game this weekend against the Panthers, who fired Rivera a year ago.

The punishment for Haskins remains to be seen. The league’s protocols clearly prohibit players from attending nightclubs without personal protective equipment. The social-media photos show that Haskins was wearing none.

95 responses to “Dwayne Haskins apologizes for strip club COVID-19 breach

  1. God this guy is the worst. What an idiot! No one is gonna give WFT anything for him. He’s horrible and somehow has a big head. Id rather sign someone off the street and move on from this moron.

  2. Funny people thought Rivera was insane to sit him. I would argue Rivera gave the guy too much patience. He will be cut next year.

  3. So you lose your job and 1 of the things repeatedly mentioned was maturity so you go and do something so immature and childish because you have to know EVERYONE is watching for things like this. No team will put any faith in him going forward and it’s his own fault.

  4. We were well overdue for an NFL player / “scrip club” story. Thank you Haskins for delivering.

  5. Well, he is surely gone after this year..the question is–how much or little will the skins get for him? I doubt a 2nd round pick.

    And I will say–I figured the Giants GM was insane for taking Daniel Jones ahead of Haskins. And so did most draft “experts.” Well, maybe they could have traded down to take jones a bit later, but he is so much better than Haskins. Not saying much, but its something!

    Haskins is SO bad, it might reflect badly on Justin Fields in the pre-draft evaluations.

  6. How much you wanna bet he has this “apology” saved so he can just cut and paste it every time he screws up?

  7. This guy was set for life being a round 1 pick and he is trying so hard to throw it all away. Guice and him are major busts because of their low self awareness and attitude

  8. So on the same day Dan Snyder is found to have paid $1.6M in settling a sexual harassment lawsuit … his QB is found being at a strip club! LOL. (Cue up that kid from Sixteen Candles who says, “Classic!”)

  9. Haskins thinks a team should trust him as a team leader and “face of the team”???? He sure doesn’t act the part.

  10. Owning up to a transgression a few days after it happens is MEANINGLESS. Im so sick and tired of people in the news “owning up” to making idiotic decisions. They did what they did because they wanted to do it, and would likely continue to do it if they hadnt gotten caught. Go a few years without screwing up again and THEN own up to what you did. At that point I’ll take you seriously.

  11. “The league’s protocols clearly prohibit players from attending nightclubs without personal protective equipment.”

    Equipment? Like a helmet?

  12. Cut him some slack. He was riding high after that whopping 7.7 yards per completion masterpiece against the Seahawks.

  13. Strip clubs are open in DC??? How the heck do they practice Covid-19 protocols??? The rest of us suffer and the clubs are open?? Man the restaurants up our way are dyeing off because the governors and mayors are shutting everything down like Churches and small mom and Pop diners. But they aren’t shutting down casinos, liquor stores and now strip clubs??? WTF??

  14. The guy clearly doesn’t have it between the ears. And he appears to lack the talent as well. I found it incredibly funny when the announcers said Haskins was telling the defense that the offense did their job and now the defense needs a stop… when Haskins’ offense had a whopping 15 points on the board 55+ minutes into the game. I doubt any of his teammates take him seriously.

  15. As a Buckeye fan I hate to say it but Haskins is JaMarcus Russell 2.0. Cannon for an arm, great final college season, but just doesn’t seem to grasp the amount of work it takes to be an NFL qb.

  16. I was an ardent defender and supporter of Haskins until now.
    Last year, I understood he was immature, but so was his coach. Now he has leadership that has given him multiple chances. I wish him the best moving forward, and maybe he does grow from this, but it can’t be with Washington.

  17. Cut this dope today. Jeez some kids are just slow to understand how lucky they are to play a game for millions of dollars.

  18. Remember when the camera caught him being offended when he didn’t get selected as high as he thought he should on draft night?

    Good times.

  19. You can take the clown out of Ohio State but you can’t take the Ohio State out of the clown.

  20. Drop him. And I am WFT fan. I’d rather lose with Heinke at this point than win with Haskins. VERY disrespectful to your teammates and their families…

  21. Got beat by Seattle Sunday afternoon…”Oh well, guess I’ll head to da club”
    The best in the league are the best because they eschew all that and just grind constantly, knowing that winning will bring all the fame and fortune to them. No need to be self-promoting all the time. Instead, be constantly working to improve. Plenty of time in the offseason to act like a jackass.

  22. hamlet423 says:
    December 22, 2020 at 11:58 am
    Well, he is surely gone after this year..the question is–how much or little will the skins get for him? I doubt a 2nd round pick.

    And I will say–I figured the Giants GM was insane for taking Daniel Jones ahead of Haskins. And so did most draft “experts.” Well, maybe they could have traded down to take jones a bit later, but he is so much better than Haskins. Not saying much, but its something!

    Haskins is SO bad, it might reflect badly on Justin Fields in the pre-draft evaluations.
    ……………………………………………………………………………..

    Haskins
    Barrett
    Pyror
    Smith
    Miller

    If you draft a qb from ohio state you deserve what you get….and no it’s not different this time fields will be no different…the only good osu qb got the hell out of osu and went to lsu

  23. 1westcoastfootballfan said:

    “Perfect draft choice for Daniel Snyder. Surprised Snyder wasn’t with him.”
    ~~~~

    He was probably busy under the table persuading Haskins to sign an extension.

  24. There will always be some team that signs these airheads. Wait…that team is Washington usually.

  25. WOW, a QB on one leg and the backup trying to get kicked out of the building for COVID.

    We would be down to the practice squad QB.

    I’m starting to wonder if he is just plain crazy for real, not stupid, crazy.

  26. And to think, he asked Joe Thiesmann for permission to wear the number.

    What a joke. Joey T is going to come rip that number off of his back.

  27. This guy is very intellegent and knew what he was doing and made sure he got caught. He is trapped on a team that doesnt really want him and he knows he will always be a back up jerk soda if he stays there.
    These guys dont just have agents they have advisor/agents who they confir with to find out ways to get off a team via punishment or trade.
    The Lions just had two top defensive players who just made like a living hell for the coach who finally gave up and they got traded to contending teams. It works

  28. So much for the new Washington Football Team culture. Things will never change as long as Dan “$1.6M” Snyder owns the team. Shame. The old Redskins were one of the most prominent teams in the NFL.

  29. I didn’t like the pick when Washington made it. Haskins only played on season in college and it was at OSU (failed NFL QB U). Even so, he had a good arm and so the team needed to give him a fair chance to succeed. Everyone since he was drafted has been emphasizing to him the importance of maturity and leadership. Haskins just doesn’t get it. This episode just puts an exclamation point on his inability to act like a responsible teammate. He has to go.

  30. You know when Rivera busted him down to 3rd sting there was a lot of chatter about it. I seen two black analyst bring race into the picture one point blank using it as an example of how hard it is to be a black QB in the league, even though Rivera has a great reputation the league. So now I put out does race still play a part in this. I would say no, not at all, but if some analysts wanted to bring race in before, should it not be fair game now? Sometimes, but I would agree more times there is more to the story than what appears at face value. So maybe in the future some talking head need to be careful what they project. Unless it really isn’t about being a professional, and catering to the lowest denominator to create controversy, which if that is their goals they are not professional anyway.

  31. I’m all for supporting strippers, I really am, but in the middle of a pandemic, just wear the stupid mask.

    This dudes dumber than dirt, and a bust!

  32. $8.9 Dead Cap hit in 2021 assuming they cut him at the end of the year (suspend him without pay until then). Possibly a post June 1 cut to spread the dead cap hit over 2021 and 2022. If Ron Rivera can’t straighten him out, no general manager will give anything of value for him. The 2022 League Year should have several QB alternatives possibly including Wenz, Newton, Dalton, Fitzpatrick, Trubisky, Stafford, Foltz, Prescott, Carr and a host of cast-off younger QBs like Rosen, Darnold, Midchew, Winston and Bridgewater not to mention the rookies that will be available during the draft. Dumping Haskins will not set the rebuild back appreciably and may be far more beneficial than trying to rehabilitate a clearly irresponsible, immature amateur.

  33. kaisersoze said:

    “Giving the strippers all jerseys might be one of the douchiest things ever. This guy is a joke.”
    ~~~~

    He’s definitely a clueless joke, but if he’s going to hand out jerseys, at least they’re going to people who won’t be wearing them very long.

    That’s his smartest career-related decision so far, and it could be years before he tops it.

  34. LOL. His Twitter account is now private. What a disgrace. Meanwhile, Alex Smith pours his guts out to rehab himself to play football and be a heroic example. [Sigh]

  35. Commissioner on the phone; “handle the situation ‘internally?’ I don’t think so……the established NFL protocol will be followed. He and anyone else in close contact with him at the club or after, will need to be quarantined for 10 days & take the required test before being allowed back.”

  36. midunno2012 said:

    “Somehow I doubt Alex Smith was at the strip club with this moron…”
    ~~~~

    Smith has mentored and helped improve many young players so far, and if he’s interested he’ll make an excellent coach someday.

    Unfortunately, it’s hard to teach grown men about honor, class, leadership, sound judgement or basic common sense. The most he can do there is continue the strong example he’s always set, and hope the selfish, spoiled brats finally catch on.

    We need far more men like Smith, Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson in the league. Haskins can collect dust in the dime-a-dozen bin until somebody else is foolish enough to overpay him.

  37. It’s getting to be a bit tiresome the number of people who should know better, are breaking the rules and then think ( when they get caught) that a simple apology is enough…

  38. It was stupid, but he didn’t break any laws or get arrested. Given that the NFL is full of guys with rap sheets, this is stupid but nothing more than a small fine is necessary.

  39. Very much in the “Sorry not sorry” category. A guy goes to a club without a mask… and all the fake news viral pathologists, the media fueled infectious disease experts, the sheep get in line and condemn anything within shouting distance. YAWN. I also love how people are mad at Ohio State for this… somehow being a QB at OSU is the cause here. You should just let that go… this is the NFL. Where you went to college doesn’t matter. JT Barrett and Dwayne Haskins (and Cardale Jones, Mike Tomczack and Bobby Hoying)… have nothing to do with the careers of the other.

  40. annapterp says:

    December 22, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    It was stupid, but he didn’t break any laws or get arrested. Given that the NFL is full of guys with rap sheets, this is stupid but nothing more than a small fine is necessary.
    ———
    Incorrect. It’s against the nfl rules. No one is saying it’s against the law or that he got arrested but just because something is allowed by law doesnt mean its allowed by your job and for someone who is barely hanging onto that job he should be following all the rules strictly.

  41. He just got caught. If you think athletes haven’t been storming the strip clubs as they always do, you’re a fool.

  42. iliketurtles says:

    December 22, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    He just got caught. If you think athletes haven’t been storming the strip clubs as they always do, you’re a fool.

    ————–
    I dont understand your point. So because he’s the only 1 dumb enough to get caught he shouldnt be punished?

  43. Bad enough he’s going there in the first place, but then the moron twits about it? I mean, probably a bad decision to put it on social media under normal circumstances as the supposed face of the franchise, but during Covid? I can’t believe how dumb some people are…

  44. While I think he was incredibly stupid how many of us would have done the same thing at his age with his money?

  45. Where is Mike Singletary ? This guy needs to get a Vernon Davis type verbal beatdown.

  46. No mask ? Strip Club.. Where is this ? Might just have to check it out to make sure it’s true.

  47. Another hand picked Snyder “gem”. This is exactly why Owners should have nothing to do with football decisions. Their job is to identify & empower the right people to make these decisions.

  48. Is it just my Michigan bias showing, or does it seem like MOST QBs from Ohio State flop in the NFL? I’m trying to think of one from there that has done well in the pros. Anyone? Pryor was better as a receiver and not that great there either. Really like to know who I’m forgetting. They’re studs in college, but in the NFL? Not so much, just like Haskins. Not exactly a mental giant either, apparently. Probably figures he’ll try to keep up with his dirtbag owner….

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