ASHBURN, Va. – The Washington football team fines on quarterback Dwayne Haskins and removed him from the role of team captain three days after he was photographed for an event with strippers while not wearing a mask, coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday.
Sources told ESPN that the fine was $ 40,000.
“The biggest thing is that we hold him accountable and he has been punished and he accepted it,” Rivera said. “As we move forward, the thing we’re looking for is that if you make a mistake, you have to step up and you have to take responsibility.”
But there is still a chance that Haskins will continue to start for Washington (6-8), which hosts Carolina Panthers (4-10) Sunday. Alex Smith did not practice due to his strained right calf and restricted him from playing catch while his teammates stretched.
“I know my team needs me,” Haskins said. “I have to go up to the plate and I can not be selfish and I have to stop coming in my own way. I set things in motion as far as a plan for myself to be a better teammate and be more responsible and correct my problems that have brought me to this situation. “
On Sunday, Haskins attended his girlfriend’s birthday party at a hotel where strippers were present. It was the second time he violated COVID-19 protocols this season. Earlier this year, he made a reservation for a family friend at the team hotel the night before a game on New York Giants.
“I know I should not have put my team in danger,” Haskins said. “I should not have been there. We were more than 10 people who were not wearing masks and that is a violation no matter where it was.”
Rivera said he was made aware of the positions Monday afternoon and immediately contacted Haskins. He said they had Haskins come to the facility to be tested and have been in constant contact with the NFL.
“Although we are extremely disappointed with the decision Dwayne made, I’m glad he told the truth and was upfront about the whole situation,” said Rivera, who said he and Haskins have spoken five or six times about the situation. .
Rivera later added: “The game on Sunday is more important to me than what has happened. What has happened has been addressed.”
Haskins apologized to his teammates and took starting reps during training.
“I felt he was sincere and sincere,” Smith said. “As teammates, our job is as disappointed as we were to try to help him and support him as a teammate. We all go through things and make mistakes, and we all have our own appointments. No one judges there.”
Haskins, who like his teammates has been tested daily, will have to practice with a mask and a face mask with a special shield. He will attend meetings via conference calls.
He said it was difficult to address the situation publicly.
“When you destroy, you have to be able to admit it,” he said. “That was what I had to do.”
Rivera said after consulting the NFL that part of the plan includes Haskins getting two daily tests. In practice, he must socially distance himself as much as possible. All their meetings are virtual.
Haskins has two more years on his rookie contract, and there is certainly no guarantee that he will last beyond this season. There was disappointment with how he has prepared over the course of the week when he started the first four games – also a common theme last season.
He did not love his teammates or coaches by seeming to celebrate in the locker room after his first 300-yard game after a 20-point loss to Baltimore.
Therefore, when asked if he felt this was a last chance, Haskins said, “Yes.”
“But you get a chance, you have to get the most out of it, and I’m just grateful to have that chance,” Haskins said. “When you ruin it, you have to be able to admit it. It’s all self-provoked, and I have to be man enough to overcome it and help this team win, and that’s what my plans are.”
Smith, who did not work during the part open to the media, was listed as being restricted during practice.
He said he “exhausts everything” to play, knowing his team would win the NFC East title if it wins and the Giants lose to Baltimore.
“Totally planned to be out there,” Smith said. “There’s a progression here as the week goes on.”