Dwayne Haskins or Dwayne Un-Mask-ins?
The Washington quarterback was spotted in a strip club without a mask — a big no-no in the middle of a pandemic (and probably a bigger one in a strip club) — on Sunday after the Football Team’s 20-15 loss to the Seahawks.
Haskins was photographed in the club, with photos making their way to Twitter on Tuesday morning. Washington was made aware of the posts.
Am told The Washington Football Team is aware of the social media posts with Dwayne Haskins at a strip club, allegedly after Sunday’s game. They’ve been in contact with the league; Washington is handling internally. Do believe Rivera is trying to keep the focus on Carolina
— John Keim (@john_keim) December 22, 2020
Is this Dwayne Haskins? I really hope not. These women are all wearing Washington #7 shirts yesterday and that certainly does look like #7 himself partying maskless last night with strippers after the game. pic.twitter.com/BxgHdjuiCe
— Rudy Gersten (@DCBarno) December 21, 2020
Soon after the news broke, the quarterback took to Twitter to clear the air and accept responsibility for his actions Sunday night, before locking his Twitter account.
“I want to publicly apologize for my actions on this past Sunday,” Haskins’ first tweet read. “I spoke with coach Rivera yesterday and took full accountability for putting the team at risk. It was irresponsible and immature of me and I accept responsibility for my action.
“I also want to apologize for creating a distraction for my team during our playoff push. I will learn and grow from this and do what’s best for the team moving forward.”
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Haskins could be suspended given a prior fine for violating COVID-19 protocols.
I’m told Washington has no plans to release QB Dwayne Haskins, who was fined for a previous COVID-19 protocol violation. Going to a nightclub without PPE is considered “High Risk COVID-19 Conduct,” punishable by a maximum fine of one week’s salary or up to four-game suspension. pic.twitter.com/yUMqpMQrWH
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 22, 2020
The Washington QB hasn’t gained the faith of new head coach Ron Rivera in just his second year in the league: After being selected No. 17 overall in 2019, Haskins was QB3 on Washington’s depth chart in the 2020 season. Injuries to both Kyle Allen and Alex Smith propelled Haskins into action Sunday. He went 38-for-55 through the air with a touchdown and two interceptions in the loss.