ESPN reporter Adam Schefter posted a video in which he apologized for an insensitive tweet he sent out in the wake of the death of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins over the weekend.
“First, I wanted to address the death of Dwayne Haskins and the tweet I posted this weekend,” Schefter said. “It was insensitive. It was a mistake. And I can assure you it was not my intention. I wish I could have that tweet back.”
Schefter later said he wanted to take this opportunity to ensure that Haskins was “remembered properly.” He mentioned that the 2019 first-round pick would show his gratitude for being a part of the Steelers organization by bumping fists with head coach Mike Tomlin, general manager Kevin Colbert and team president Art Rooney after practice.
There was mutual respect between Haskins and the coaching staff and front office. Over the last few days, it has become evident that he also had an immense presence in the locker room. Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool posted a video of himself once he “realized I had lost a brother,” accompanied by a previous tweet in which he said Haskins is someone whom he strives to be like.
Ben Roethlisberger said in a lengthy note that he remembers Haskins as someone who “came to work everyday with a smile on his face and energy and love in his heart.”
In his since-deleted tweet, Schefter referred to Haskins as “a standout at Ohio State before struggling to catch on with Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL.” He later replaced it with the tweet below amid backlash.