ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter apologized Monday for referring to Dwayne Hakins when he broke the tragic news about the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback’s death.
Schefter announced Saturday that Haskins had passed away in a tweet that was since deleted. It read: “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 Tweeted a rephrased versionAn hour later, the announcement was made referring to Haskins. “a standout at Ohio State before becoming Washington’s first-round pick and playing in Pittsburgh.”
“It was insensitive, it was a mistake and I can assure you it is not my intention. I wish I could have that tweet back,”Schefter According to “The Adam Schefter Podcast.”
“The focus should have been on Dwayne. Who he was as a person, a husband, a friend and so much more. I wanted to apologize to Dwayne’s family, his friends, the players in the National Football League, and offer my condolences to everybody close to Dwayne. And, in the way I failed Saturday, I wanted to turn people’s attention to make sure that Dwayne is remembered properly.”
Schefter also described Haskins’ fondness for the Steelers, how hard he had worked to improve his game and how he was a part of the Pittsburgh community.
The original tweet by Haskins, a Baltimore Ravens quarterback, highlighted Haskins’ NFL struggles and drew a lot of backlash from social media. Lamar Jackson and New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers.
Haskins, 24, A dump truck hit and killed him while walking on a South Florida highway early Saturday morning.