Dwayne Haskins Slapped with $40k Fine, Stripped of Team Captainship

by Keeli Parkey
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Dwayne Haskins just found out how seriously the NFL is taking COVID-19 protocol violations.

The Washington quarterback was fined $40,000 on Wednesday. In addition, he had his team captainship taken away from him.

The $40,000 fine is the highest charged against a player for violating the league’s COVID-19 protocols, NFL.com reported.

Haskins went to a strip club with a group of people following his team’s 20-15 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. To make matters worse, he was not wearing a mask while there. This violates the NFL’s guidelines for COVID-19 prevention.

Screenshots captured by Rudy Gersten of The Washington Post show Haskins partying without a mask.

“Washington has had zero positive cases of Covid on its active roster bc this team has taken every precaution and followed the guidance. Haskins can do what he wants as long as it doesn’t jeopardize the team. But partying w/ maskless strippers puts himself and teammates at risk,” Rudy Gersten wrote with the screenshots.

Dwayne Haskins Apologizes

Dwayne Haskins apologized for his actions via Twitter on Tuesday.

“I want to publicly apologize for my actions this past Sunday,” Haskins wrote. “I spoke with Coach (Ron) 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.”

Dwayne Haskins apologized again for his actions on Wednesday. According to Kimberley A. Martin with ESPN, the quarterback said he plans to “learn from this mistake and do everything I can to help this team.”

He also plans to not miss out on this opportunity. “I’ll do everything in my power to make the most of my second chance.”

Haskins practiced with the team on Wednesday. According to NFL.com, Haskins could play for Washington soon if starting quarterback Alex Smith is sidelined with a calf injury. The team is currently evaluating Smith’s status. Washington will face the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 27.

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