Adam Schefter apologizes for tweeting about Dwayne Haskins

ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday shared an apology for a tweet he posted on Saturday about the death of NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

“It was insensitive,” Schefter said of it since deleting the tweet. “It was a mistake.”

In the tweet, which helped bring the news that Haskins was dead Saturday morning after being hit by a vehicle in South Florida, Schefter wrote that the 24-year-old excelled in Ohio State before “struggling to get hold of Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL. “

The 55-year-old Schefter, who holds the title of senior NFL insider at ESPN and has a Twitter fan base of 9.4 million, quickly received a major setback from fans and athletes. Among those who sharply criticized him was the Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and ex-Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones, who suggested Schefter use more positive language and wrote“Let his family and friends mourn instead of casting a shadow.”

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After deleting his tweet later Saturday, Schefter posted a review that described Haskins as “a standout in Ohio State before becoming Washington’s first-round pick and playing in Pittsburgh.”

On Monday, Schefter shared a clip from his eponymous podcast in which he offered an apology and elaborated on how Haskins was “loved because of his smile, his attitude, his work ethic, his growth and the man he had transformed into.”

“Dwayne Haskins was loved by his teammates in the NFL community, as the outpouring of weekend support showed,” Schefter said. “This is Dwayne Haskins who deserves to be remembered. That’s how he was, and that’s how he lived, and excuses that weren’t made clearer before by me. But the people who knew him best already knew that.”

The 15th choice in the 2019 draft, Haskins was released by Washington late in the 2020 season. He signed a one-year contract in January 2021 with Pittsburgh, which used a limited supply of free agents to keep him in the 2022 season. In the wake of Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement at the end of last season, Haskins had the opportunity to earn a spot on the Steelers’ depth chart and possibly compete for the starting job.

In his comments Monday, Schefter claimed that Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin, former general manager Kevin Colbert and team president Art Rooney II “were incredibly happy for” Haskins, who had made a point out of “showing that he was grateful to be member of organization. ” Schefter said the quarterback “adopted [Pittsburgh] as his home, ”was active in the community and trained diligently at the Steelers’ facility.

“I wish I could get that tweet back,” Schefter stated on his podcast. “The focus should have been on Dwayne – who he was as a person, husband, friend and more. I would like to apologize to Dwayne’s family, his friends, the NFL players and express my condolences to everyone close to Dwayne.”

Schefter was not the only noted figure in the NFL world to issue an apology after much-criticized comments about Haskins. Former Dallas Chief of Staff Gil Brandt, member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, tweeted Saturday a statement of regret for having “reacted carelessly and insensitively to a radio interview.”

He spoke earlier in the day on SiriusXM NFL Radio, for which he has often appeared as an analyst, Brandt said Haskins was “a guy who lived to be dead, so to speak.”

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Brandt claimed that Haskins, who signed up for the NFL Draft after his second season with Ohio State jersey, had been strongly advised not to “leave school early” due to alleged deficient “work habits.”

“It was always something,” the 90-year-old Brandt said. “It was one of those things [like], ‘I’m never offside, but they keep calling me offside.’ … It’s a tragic thing. Every time someone dies, it’s tragic, especially when you’re 24 years old and you have your whole life ahead of you. But maybe if he had stayed in school a year [longer]he would not do stupid things. ”

After a stream of criticism from, among others, current and former NFL players, Brandt listed Saturday on Twitter: “I would like to apologize to Mr Haskins’ family and anyone who has heard my poor choice of words. I truly apologize. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time.”

In his comments Monday, Schefter said “the way I failed Saturday” was in not directing “people’s attention to make sure Dwayne is remembered properly.”

“He was known for his smile, his kind heart and his dreams,” Schefter said. “And unfortunately and tragically, they were all turned off before they could become a reality.”

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