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Gil Brandt blasted for insensitive Dwayne Haskisn comments

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Gil Brandt, a longtime former government for the Dallas Cowboys, has apologized for his instant response to the death of NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins

“This morning whereas studying of Dwayne Haskins’ passing, I reacted carelessly and insensitively on a radio interview,” Brandt tweeted on Saturday. 

“I need to apologize to Mr. Haskins’ household and anybody who heard my poor selection of phrases. I really apologize. My coronary heart goes out to his household at this tough time.” 

Haskins, the previous quarterback of the Steelers and Washington Commanders within the NFL and the Ohio State Buckeyes, died on Saturday morning after being struck by a dump truck whereas strolling on a freeway in South Florida. 

Gil Brandt, Dwayne Haskins
Gil Brandt, Dwayne Haskins
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Washington went 3-10 in video games began by Haskins in 2019 and 2020. He was signed by the Steelers in 2021 because the third-string quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph, however was solely lively for one recreation this previous season and didn’t seem on the sector. 

Brandt, who’s 90 years previous, spoke on SiriusXM on Saturday morning within the instant wake of the information. He mentioned that Haskins was somebody who “was residing to be lifeless, so to talk.” 

Brandt mentioned that Haskins ignored the recommendation of NFL draft evaluators who informed him to stay an additional yr at Ohio State, allegedly telling him that he didn’t have the work ethic. 

“It was at all times one thing. It was a type of, ‘I’m not offsides, however they hold calling me for offsides,’ ” Brandt mentioned. “It’s a tragic factor. Anytime any individual dies it’s tragic, particularly once you’re 24 years previous and also you’ve received your complete life forward of you. Possibly if he’d have stayed at school an [extra] yr, he wouldn’t do foolish issues.” 

Brandt was referred to as a pioneering scout beneath GM Tex Schramm for upward of three many years with the Cowboys. 

He completed his remarks by questioning why Haskins was jogging on the freeway in mild of the dangers posed by that exercise. 

On social media, response to Brandt’s phase was scathing. 

“How is that this actual?” asked ESPN’s Mina Kimes

“I actually hope you didn’t imply what you mentioned about Dwayne,” ESPN’s Louis Riddick tweeted at Brandt. 

Gil Brandt poses with his NFL Hall of Fame bust.
Gil Brandt poses together with his NFL Corridor of Fame bust.
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Yahoo Sports activities NFL author Charles Robinson requested that the audio of Brandt’s phase not be shared. 

“It’s simply fully inappropriate and wildly hurtful,” Robinson tweeted.