Dwayne Haskins is paying a price for his cavalier COVID behavior.
The Washington Football Team quarterback was fined $40,000 and stripped of his captaincy after photos showed a maskless Haskins violating COVID protocols at a party following the team’s 23-15 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.
Haskins, who was not scheduled to speak with reporters on Wednesday, still took the time to address the issue and apologize.
“I just wanted to let the fans and the people who care about me know that I let them down,” he said, per ESPN’s Kimberley A. Martin. “I felt that I needed to apologize and didn’t think that a tweet was enough.”
Haskins said that he has tested negative thus far, which is critical for Washington not only for everyone else's health, but also because if Alex Smith is not healthy enough to play, it will be Haskins who gets the start, Ron Rivera told reporters on Wednesday.
Rivera also added that the team did not feel like it needed to suspend or take reps away from Haskins because the fine – which is the largest known fine for COVID protocol violations – was in line with the league standard.
He also said that Haskins was “genuine” in their discussions about the incident.
“One thing I appreciated was his honesty in the conversation,” Rivera said, per Martin. “He and I probably have talked five or six times in the past two days.”
Haskins began the season as Washington’s starting quarterback before he was eventually benched and thrust into trade rumors. He returned last week after Smith was ruled out and he is aware this may be his last opportunity to make good with the franchise.
“Yes,” he said. “But when you get a chance you have to make the most of it.”