About a year ago today, former NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins was tragically killed at the age of 24 years old. According to reports, Haskins was killed after he was hit by a dump truck while crossing a highway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Haskins was “walking on a limited access facility (highway/expressway) for unknown reasons” as he was attempting to cross Interstate 595 when he was struck, said the Florida Highway Patrol’s report at the time.
Now, a lawsuit filed by attorney Rick Ellsley claims that Haskins’ death was perhaps the result of more than just a tragic accident, as he’s alleging the late signal-caller was a victim of “targeted drugging, blackmail, and robbery.”
“As to what occurred in the hours before Dwayne was killed, many questions remain unanswered. It is believed that Dwayne was targeted and drugged as part of a blackmail and robbery conspiracy… In fact, his highly-expensive watch was stolen from his shortly before his death,” Ellsley’s statement reads in part.
Following Haskins’ death, the official toxicology report found he had a BAC level of .24 (three times the legal limit of .08) and had also tested positive for ketamine and norketamine.
Ellsley also states that the lawsuit is “an important step in the process of uncovering the complete truth about this tragedy.”
You can read Ellsley’s full statement below:
Rick Ellsley the attorney for Dwayne Haskins’s wife has filed a suit against the truck driver and others Haskins’s death one year ago. pic.twitter.com/zFLM5bytIR
— Les Carpenter (@Lescarpenter) April 10, 2023
Drafted out of Ohio State University by the Washington Redskins with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Haskins spent just two seasons with the team before moving on to the Pittsburgh Steelers. At the time of his passing, Haskins was reportedly in Flordia to train with Steelers teammates.
During his three seasons in the NFL, Haskins played in 16 games and started in 13, compiling a 3-10 record. In those games, he completed 60% of his passes for 2,804 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions, all of which came during his time in Washington, as he spent his lone season in Pittsburgh as a backup to Ben Roethlisberger.
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