Dwayne Haskins apologizes for not wearing mask at party after Sunday's game
Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins is in trouble again due to a COVID-19 violation.
Washington is aware of photos showing Haskins at a party without a mask following Sunday’s loss against Seattle, and has been in contact with the league over the issue, according to Jon Keim of ESPN.
The person who posted the images went private on Instagram, making it tough to find the pictures on social media. One image showed Haskins at the party, reportedly held in a strip club without a mask. Another showed multiple women wearing Haskins shirts, suggesting Haskins was present.
Haskins confirmed as much Tuesday, apologizing for putting the entire team at risk.
Haskins quickly set his Twitter account to private following that post.
It’s unclear whether Washington or the league will punish Haskins for his actions. Attending an indoor night club without a mask is considered a high risk activity, according to the NFL and the NFLPA.
The incident marks the second time this season Haskins violated COVID-19 protocols. Washington fined Haskins $4,833 in October after making a reservation for a family friend at the hotel where Haskins was staying. While the two reportedly didn’t come into contact, that still violated a team policy.
Haskins started Sunday against Seahawks
The pictures were posted hours after Haskins started Washington’s Week 15 game against the Seahawks. It was Haskins’ first start since he was benched in Week 4. He threw one touchdown and two interceptions in the 20-15 loss. Alex Smith — who has been starting for the team — missed the contest due to a calf injury. Washington hopes Smith will return in Week 16.
Haskins has quickly fallen out of favor in Washington since being selected in the first round of the 2019 draft. He was benched after just 11 starts, and started Sunday’s game only after Smith and Kyle Allen were injured.
Unless things drastically change in the next few weeks, Washington could look to trade Haskins in the offseason.
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