The Washington Football Team punished Dwayne Haskins.
After the Seattle Seahawks beat the Washington Football Team, photos surfaced of Dwayne Haskins partying at a hotel in the presence of strippers without a mask on. Haskins, who had already violated COVID protocol earlier this season, became the subject of immediate scrutiny and speculation.
Would the Washington Football Team suspended him? Would they bench him for his actions?
Could Dwayne Haskins be cut for his behavior?
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Those were the questions on the mind of Washington fans, though it became immediately apparent the team wouldn’t cut him. With Alex Smith (calf) having missed the last game, fans needed to know if Haskins would be available if Smith couldn’t go, or if in the team’s biggest game of the season, Taylor Heinicke would be forced into action.
The team answered those questions when Haskins’ punishment was revealed. Haskins would be fined $40K and would relinquish his captain title. Haskins accepted the punishment said he “deserved it” per Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post.
That said, Haskins was present at practice and was seen working with the first team. Heinicke mixed in a bit too, but it does appear that Haskins will be able to start Sunday against the Panthers, barring a change of heart for the team.
Part of the reason that Haskins may not have been suspended by Washington is that with the team playing for an NFC East title, Ron Rivera and Co. may not have wanted to punish the team for Haskins’ actions. Heinicke has only been with the team a few weeks while Steven Montez is an undrafted free agent that has never played in the NFL, so expecting either to competently quarterback the team would’ve been a risk. And if the team lost, that could’ve built a resentment toward Haskins for his actions and created unrest as a result.
Of course, one could argue that punishing the team would be a good way for Haskins to learn from his mistakes. Perhaps then he would’ve understood the consequences of his actions. Sure, losing $40K isn’t fun, nor is losing his captainship, but perhaps a benching or suspension would’ve really shown Haskins the error of his ways.
That said, the decision has been made and so far, there haven’t been many reasons to doubt Rivera’s decision-making this year. We’ll see if anything else comes of this, but at this point, Washington is focused on one thing and one thing only.
And that’s beating the Carolina Panthers.