From supposed strip clubs to being stripped of captaincy, Dwayne Haskins has gotten the full monty of full monties this week.
Christmastime in 2020 has proven to be a headache for Haskins, after video of a mask-less Haskins in a strip club circulated earlier in the week, leaving Washington in a precarious position with NFL coronavirus policies broken.
On Wednesday, Washington head coach Ron Rivera told Haskins that he was stripped of his captaincy, which had been voted on by his teammates before the start of the season. Haskins could still start this Sunday should Alex Smith still need time to recover from injury (calf). Haskins entered the year as QB1 on the depth chart, but was replaced by Kyle Allen after a few games.
Haskins was also slapped with a $40,000 fine for his protocol-breaking actions, but no suspension is expected for the second-year passer.
Washington QB Dwayne Haskins was fined $40K by the team for COVID-19 violations after he attended a strip club without a mask, source said. A significant amount. This is the largest known fine for a player for a COVID violation – more than half of Haskins’ weekly paycheck.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 23, 2020
While Haskins tweeted an apology — then locked his Twitter account — on Wednesday, it wasn’t enough to save his standing among his peers. Rivera allotted first-team snaps to Haskins in practice, as he reportedly appreciating Haskins being upfront about the events.
Haskins also maintains that he wasn’t in a strip club, but at a private birthday event with his girlfriend.
In any case, being spotted at a club or lounge without a mask is in direct violation of the NFL’s coronavirus guidelines, adding more tumult to the Haskins era in Washington.