WFT removes Haskins Jr. as captain, fined for COVID-19 violation

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

This has been an extremely trying year for the majority of Americans. However, that’s not been the case especially for multi-million dollar athletes.

This has been a trying year for Dwayne Haskins Jr. in a different way. The former first-round draft pick has not clicked with Washington Football Team first-year head coach Ron Rivera.

Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. warms up before his team took on the Seattle Seahawks
Dwayne Haskins Jr. warms up before his team took on the Seattle Seahawks (Photo by the Washington Football Team/Instagram)

This was the latest clash between Haskins Jr. and Rivera. On Wednesday, he was stripped of his captaincy by the team.

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This comes after photos circulated online following the team’s game on Sunday at FedExField in Landover, Maryland against the Seattle Seahawks. Haskins Jr. went to a strip club without a mask.

This was his second violation of the team’s COVID-19 protocols. Haskins Jr. said that he was attending a private party on Sunday night for his girlfriend’s birthday party.

“My actions following the game on Sunday were immature and unacceptable,” Haskins said. “I put my teammates, coaches and staff members at risk and let the fans and the organization down. I take full responsibility and accountability for that. Being a quarterback in this league comes a big responsibility and leadership, and I failed to live up to those standards with my actions. I fully understand the mistakes that I’ve made and the circumstances that come with it, and I’m OK with that because I deserved it.”

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The team was reportedly “extremely disappointed” in Haskins Jr. He was also fined an undisclosed amount for his actions.

“I think the biggest thing is that we are holding him accountable and he’s been punished,” Rivera said. “He accepted it and was forthright. One of the things I really appreciated was his honesty in our conversation. As soon as I had gotten the information, I called him. He and I talked. He and I have actually talked probably, gosh, five or six times in the last two days. We’ve had some really good conversations about it. The thing that I had appreciated was that he took responsibility and was very forthright. I think as we go forward, that’s the thing that we’re looking for. If you make a mistake, you have to step up and you have to take responsibility.”

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