Adam Schefter cannot win.
The ESPN reporter apologized Monday after his insensitive and since-deleted tweet announcing the death of NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins over the weekend. Schefter’s initial tweet read: “Dwayne Haskins, a standout at Ohio State before struggling to catch on with Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL, died this morning when he got hit by a car in South Florida, per his agent Cedrick Saunders. Haskins would have turned 25 years old on May 3.”
“First I wanted to address the death of Dwayne Haskins and the tweet that I posted this weekend,” the insider began. “It was insensitive. It was a mistake. And I can assure you it was not my intention. I wish that I could have that tweet back.”
“The focus should’ve been on Dwayne,” Schefter continued. “Who he was as a person, a husband, a friend and so much more. I want to apologize to Dwayne’s family, his friends, players in the National Football League and offer my condolences to everybody close to Dwayne.”
His apology wasn’t well-received, mainly because he never showed his face and did so while promoting his podcast.
Schefter wasn’t the only media member to come under fire for discussing Haskins’ death in an insensitive manner. NFL Network’s Gil Brandt made even worse comments about Haskins after the announcement of his death.
Haskins died Saturday morning after a dump truck hit him while he walked along a South Florida highway. He was 24.
The No. 15 overall pick of the Washington Commanders in 2019 spent two seasons before he was released in the 2020 season.
Haskins signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2021 season, serving as the team’s third-string quarterback. He was expected to battle out for reps and the starting QB position this upcoming season.