Gil Brandt could’ve said absolutely nothing on Saturday and everybody would’ve been just fine without his disgraceful comments about Dwayne Haskins.
Haskins, a 24-year-old quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers, died Saturday morning after he reportedly was struck by a truck in South Florida. 90-year-old Brandt dug up Haskins’ past and spoke down about the Ohio State product’s pursuit of a career in the NFL.
He has since issued an apology.
“This morning while learning of Dwayne Haskins’ passing, I reacted carelessly and insensitively on a radio interview,” Brandt tweeted. “I want to apologize to Mr. Haskins’ family and anyone who heard my poor choice of words. I truly apologize. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time.”
Brandt was a longtime executive of the Dallas Cowboys before being inducted to the Hall of Fame in 2019.
“I hate anytime anybody is killed or anybody dies, but he was a guy that was living to be dead, so to speak. They told him, don’t under any circumstance leave school early. ‘You just don’t have the work habits, you don’t have this, you don’t have that.’ What did he do? He left early,” Brandt said. “… It’s a tragic thing anytime somebody dies, especially when you’re 24 years old and have your whole life ahead of you. But maybe if he stayed in school a year he wouldn’t do silly things. Jogging on a highway on a road like that leaves it open.”
Good for him for issuing an apology, but maybe next time, he should think before speaking.