First call: ESPN’s Adam Schefter apologizes for Dwayne Haskin’s tweet; Brett Michaels lobbies the Steelers for specific QB in draft

Adam Schefter apologizes for his reporting on the death of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Odds are out on TJ Watt’s perceived chances of repeating as NFL Defensive Player of the Year. A celebrity Pittsburgher lobbies for a particular quarterback to land with the Steelers.

And a busy night in the NHL is highlighted by some Metropolitan Division showdowns.

All that in Tuesday’s “First Call”.


Apology issued

ESPN reporter Adam Schefter has issued an apology for a tweet he sent while reporting Saturday morning’s news of Dwayne Haskins’ death.

When Schefter learned that the Steelers quarterback had been killed while allegedly trying to cross a highway in South Florida on foot, Schefter tweeted: “Dwayne Haskins, a prominent Ohio State, before he struggled to grab Washington and Pittsburgh “In the NFL, he died this morning when he was hit by a car in South Florida, according to his agent Cedric Saunders. Haskins would have turned 25 on May 3.”

Many criticized Schefter for including Haskins’ fights in the NFL while bringing the news of his death. Apparently, Schefter agreed when he deleted that tweet and reposted another version of it about 20 minutes later.

Dwayne Haskins, a standout in Ohio State before becoming Washington’s first round and playing in Pittsburgh, died this morning when he was hit by a car in South Florida, according to his agent Cedric Saunders. Haskins would have turned 25 on May 3rd.

– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 9, 2022

On Monday, Schefter stated an apology under his podcast.

“It was insensitive,” Schefter said. “It was a mistake. And I can assure you it’s not my intention. I wish I could get that tweet back. The focus should have been on Dwayne – who he was as a person, man, friend and more I would like to apologize to Dwayne’s family, his friends, the players of the National Football League and express my condolences to everyone close to Dwayne. And the way I failed on Saturday, I wanted to turn people’s attention to making sure Dwayne be remembered properly. ”

From there, Schefter spent another three minutes praising Haskin’s virtues, mentioning his accomplishments in college, his dedicated efforts to revive his career with the Steelers, his love of Pittsburgh as an adopted home, and his willingness to be a fan of the franchise. commitment and outreach initiatives.

As apologies, the content far outweighed the one regrettable passage of his first tweet. I just do not know why Schefter could not have done something similar on Twitter sometime Saturday or Sunday, so read his statement Monday during the podcast.

As a result, as ProFootballTalk suggested, for some, it turns out that Schefter uses the excuse as a way to promote listening to his podcast.

Based on some comments during Scheffer’s post of the podcast, many in the Twitter sphere seem to agree and behave as if no excuse will be good enough. But the only thing that is more popular on Twitter than virtue signaling is indignation signaling. And sometimes the two are almost identical.

To those people, however, I would also like to ask for a little self-examination.

If so many of you go out of your way to tweet (or about) Schefter non-stop to obscure the focus of Haskins’ death, what do you think has happened in the course of 72 hours of endless, ugly comments hurled at Schefter? (and Gil Brandt too)?

Twitter, sports talk radio, and the blogosphere made the coverage of Haskins’ death a bigger story than the horrific accident itself.

And if the alleged initial outrage was about shifting focus away from mourning Haskins’ death, there’s an ugly irony there as to what some people chose to focus on instead. For after two or three hours, let alone two or three days, one should wonder if some people who attacked Schefter honestly did so in an attempt to make him look bad.

Or were they just trying to make themselves look good by fishing for likes and retweets?

And if so, is it not even more insensitive to Haskins’ memory than what Schefter did in the first place?


Different choices

Steeler TJ Watt is not favored in defending his title as Defensive Player of the Year.

Brown’s pass rusher Myles Garrett is favored to win the award according to BetOnline.Ag. He is listed as +650 (13/2) favorite. Watt is next at +700 (7/1). Watt had 22.5 sacks to lead the NFL in 2021, making Michael Strahan’s league record in a single season. Garrett finished third in the NFL with 16.0. Chicago’s Robert Quinn finished second with 18.5.

Former Pitt Panther and current Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald is next on +750 (15/2). Former Penn State Nittany Lion Micah Parsons is number four. The Dallas Cowboys Defensive Rookie of the Year is at +900 (9/1).


Something to believe in

The folks at Steelers Depot recently found a clip from the April 5 episode of “The Rich Eisen Show,” in which University of Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral said he may have some outside influence when it comes to encouraging the Steelers to prepare him.

Corral and his family are longtime friends with rock star and renowned Steelers fan Bret Michaels. The Butler-born and Mechanicsburg-raised lead singer in Poison even went so far as to fly Corral’s family to one of his games in November. Now, according to Corral, Michaels pitches that the Steelers pick him in the draft.

“I have talked to Bret throughout this process. He really wants me to land in Pittsburgh, ”Corral Eisen said. “Bret is really pushing Mr. Rooney to get them to choose me. He used to live next to one of the owners of the Steelers. It was his neighbor. And I know they talk a lot. And I know he took my name. “

Corral did not specify which member of the Rooney family – or ownership in general – he was referring to. But this is not the first time Corral’s connection with Michaels has appeared in Eisen’s show.

When Michaels made a guest appearance with Eisen back in March, he spent over four minutes working hard for the Steelers to draft Corral in the No. 20 pick.

Will the Steelers actually take Corral? I suppose “Only time will tell.” But if they do, I’m guessing Corral’s draft party will be “Nothin ‘but a Good Time.”

I show up.


It’s a hockey night in… yes, almost everywhere

There was only one NHL game in action Monday night. The Winnipeg Jets beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2.

However, there are 14 matches on Tuesday night. Seven Metropolitan Division teams are in action. Six are involved in intra-divisional showdowns.

The Penguins meet the Islanders for just the second time this season. The Penguins won the first game 1-0 on November 26th. Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals are hosting the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Carolina Hurricanes are in New York to play against the Rangers.

The New Jersey Devils are heading west to face the Arizona Coyotes. The Columbus Blue Jackets are inactive until Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Carolina (102 points) has a two-point lead over Rangers for first place in the Metro. So New York can move into the division lead with a regulatory victory in Madison Square Garden. The Penguins (94 points) and Capitals (90 points) are also currently in the playoffs.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reset. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise stated.

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