Dwayne Haskins has had a less-than-impressive NFL career on the field since the Washington Football Team drafted him in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. His off-field behavior has been equally problematic this season and has resulted in multiple disciplinary actions. On Fox NFL Sunday, Hall of Famer Michael Strahan read Haskins the riot act on his behavior during an impassioned speech warning the talented quarterback to get his act together soon, or the NFL will promptly dispose of him.
Dwayne Haskins’ first violation of COVID-19 protocols
Dwayne Haskins started the first four games of the 2020 NFL season for the Washington Football Team. It didn’t go well. He finished 1-3 with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Head coach Ron Rivera made a change and replaced him with Kyle Allen.
In Week 6, two weeks after being demoted, Haskins made headlines for the wrong reasons and something he did off the field. He blatantly disregarded the team’s COVID-19 protocols when he made a reservation for a family friend at the team hotel the night before Washington played at the New York Giants.
The team fined Dwayne Haskins $4,833 for the incident, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Unfortunately, it wasn’t his last.
Dwayne Haskins attends party with strippers and no masks
After the incident in October, Dwayne Haskins has only been in the sports section for his appearances on the field with injuries ravishing the quarterbacking room. Then, this last week, Haskins was photographed attending his girlfriend’s birthday party. Strippers were present. Masks were not.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Haskins received a $40,000 fine, the largest known fine for a COVID-19 protocol violation and more than half of the quarterback’s weekly paycheck. The team stripped him of his captainship.
This week Dwayne Haskins apologized for his actions.
“I know my team needs me. I need to step up to the plate, and I can’t be selfish, and I need to stop getting in my own way. I’m putting things in motion as far as a plan for myself to be a better teammate and be more accountable and fix my issues that have brought me to this situation.”
Michael Strahan blisters Haskins for his behavior and warns him about the future
While Dwayne Haskins insists he’s going to change his priorities and focus on putting the team before himself, Pro Football Hall of Famer and Fox analyst Michael Strahan appeared on Fox NFL Sunday, where he delivered an impassioned plea to the second-year signal-caller telling him it’s time to put up or shut up.
“It bothers me. Makes me mad,” Strahan said as fellow analyst Jimmy Johnson nodded in agreement. “You work so hard to get to a certain point in your life. You wanted to make it to the NFL. Now you’re in the NFL and a lot of guys think, ‘Oh, I’m drafted. I’m in the NFL. I’ve made it.’ No, you haven’t. You’re just in the NFL. And this goes as quickly as it comes your way.”
Strahan then delivered a warning to Dwayne Haskins.
“And the NFL is very impatient. They don’t have time to babysit. They will not babysit a grown man. So the more of these things that you keep on doing, the less patience that Washington is going to have with you, which in turn means the rest of the league isn’t going to want you either. And one day, you’re going to find yourself sitting on the couch. You’re going to be in your mid-20s, late 20s, and you’re going to regret not doing what you needed to do to be the best that you can be at something you’re so talented at. And you’re going to waste your talent, and you’re going to watch guys who weren’t as talented as you, weren’t picked as high as you. You’re going to watch them compete and play and do things that you could have done. So get it together because there are no more excuses. I hate, hate watching guys throw their opportunities away. It bothers me.”
Michael Strahan isn’t in the Hall of Fame by accident.