- ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news of Dwayne Haskins’ tragic death in a tweet.
- Schefter bizarrely said that Haskins was “struggling to catch on” in the NFL.
- The NFL insider has since deleted the tweet and issued an apology.
ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter has issued an apology to the late Dwayne Haskins for the way in which he reported on his tragic death on Saturday, April 9. In a since-deleted tweet announcing Haskins’ death, Schefter said that Haskins, 24, was “struggling to catch with Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL.”
“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 years old on May 3,” Schefter said in the now-deleted tweet.
Adam Schefter issues apology to the late Dwayne Haskins
On Monday, April 11, Schefter — who was widely ripped by the NFL world for the manner in which he reported on Haskins’ death — issued an apology and paid tribute to the late quarterback on The Adam Schefter Podcast.
An apology and a tribute to Dwayne Haskins. pic.twitter.com/QxjShC4ZYu
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 11, 2022
After one season as Ohio State University’s starting quarterback — he threw 50 touchdowns that year — Haskins was drafted by the Washington Football Team in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins spent two seasons in Washington, starting 13 games. He then went to Pittsburgh to be a backup quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger in his final season.
During his NFL career, Haskins completed 60.1% of his passes for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for an additional 147 yards and one touchdown.
In a statement, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said:
“I am devastated and at a loss for words with the unfortunate passing of Dwayne Haskins. He quickly became part of our Steelers family upon his arrival in Pittsburgh and was one of our hardest workers, both on the field and in our community. Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to so many. I am truly heartbroken. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Kalabrya, and his entire family during this difficult time.”
Our thoughts are with Haskins’ friends, family, and loved ones during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.