Gil Brandt, a former longtime Dallas Cowboys manager, has apologized for his immediate reaction to the death of NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
“This morning, upon learning of the passing of Dwayne Haskins, I reacted in a negligent and insensitive manner during a radio interview”, Brandt tweeted the Saturday.
“I want to apologize to Mr. Haskins’ family and to anyone who heard my poor choice of words. I really apologize. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time. »
Haskins, the former quarterback for the Steelers and Washington Commanders in the NFL and the Ohio State Buckeyes, died Saturday morning after being hit by a dump truck while walking on a South Florida highway.
Washington went 3-10 in games Haskins started in 2019 and 2020. He was signed by the Steelers in 2021 as a third-string quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph, but has only been active for a game last season and did not appear on the pitch.
Brandt, who is 90, spoke on SiriusXM on Saturday morning in the immediate wake of the news. He said Haskins was someone who “lived to be dead, so to speak”.
Brandt said Haskins ignored the advice of NFL draft evaluators who told him to stay an extra year at Ohio State, allegedly telling him he didn’t have the work ethic.
“It was always something. It was one of those, ‘I’m not offside, but they keep calling me for offside,'” Brandt said. It’s a tragic thing. Every time someone dies, it’s tragic, especially when you’re 24 and you have your whole life ahead of you. Maybe if he had stayed in school and [extra] year, he wouldn’t do anything stupid.
Brandt was known as a pioneer scout under GM Tex Schramm for more than three decades with the Cowboys.
He ended his remarks by asking why Haskins was jogging on the freeway in light of the risks posed by this activity.
On social media, the reaction to Brandt’s segment was scathing.
“How is it real?” asked ESPN’s Mina Kimes.
“I really hope you didn’t mean what you said about Dwayne,” ESPN’s Louis Riddick tweeted at Brandt.
Yahoo Sports NFL writer Charles Robinson asked that the audio of Brandt’s segment not be shared.
“It’s just completely inappropriate and extremely hurtful,” Robinson tweeted.
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