Washington QB Dwayne Haskins apologizes after photos show him partying with no mask

Dwayne Haskins, with a mask covering his mouth, stands on the field in his Washington Football Team uniform.
Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins says he’s sorry “for creating a distraction for my team.”
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Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins publicly apologized Tuesday after photo evidence came to light of him partying with several people unmasked after playing Sunday.

Haskins said on Twitter he spoke with coach Ron Rivera and took full responsibility for putting the team at risk during the pandemic.

“It was irresponsible and immature of me and I accept responsibility for my action,” Haskins said. “I also want to apologize for creating a distraction for my team during our playoff push. I will learn and grow from this and do what’s best for the team moving forward.”


The team is aware of the situation and said it was handling it internally. There was no immediate word whether Haskins would be fined or suspended for violating COVID-19 protocols. The team fined him earlier this season for a separate violation while on the road.

In six of the Rams’ nine victories, they ran the ball at least 30 times. But coach Sean McVay’s team has struggled when it fails to consistently run in the first half.

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Haskins started Sunday for the first time since early October and threw two interceptions and a touchdown in a 20-15 loss to Seattle. It’s unclear if he’ll play in Washington’s next game against the Carolina Panthers that could be the NFC East clincher, though Rivera said Alex Smith would start if healthy.

Rivera benched Haskins, a 2019 first-round pick, after four games this season because he felt the offense was better off in experienced hands. He turned first to Kyle Allen, then to Smith when Allen was injured.

Haskins got the start against Seattle essentially by default as the last healthy quarterback on the roster. He threw two interceptions in the first two-plus quarters before leading a comeback attempt that fell short.