Here's how much Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins can be fined for partying maskless at a gentlemen's club
The Washington Football Team’s Dwayne Haskins came under fire on Tuesday, December 22, after the quarterback was seen partying maskless at a gentlemen's club while surrounded by party goers following Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Photos of him partying originally appeared on Instagram, and then got reposted and shared by many on Twitter.
In one photo, a woman can be seen sitting on the Washington quarterback’s lap with both parties holding wads of cash without masks on. Another photo shows five maskless women wearing Washington No. 7 jerseys (Haskins’ number) sipping mimosas around a table.
After receiving backlash on social media, Haskins put out a statement: “I want to publicly apologize for my actions this past Sunday. I spoke with Coach Rivera yesterday and took full accountability for putting the team at risk. It was irresponsible and immature of me and I accept responsibility for my action. I also want to apologize for creating a distraction for my team during our playoff push. I will learn and grow from this and do what’s best for the team moving forward.”
“The Washington Football Team is aware of social media posts showing QB Dwayne Haskins partying maskless in a strip club, was in contact with the NFL yesterday about the matter and is handling the matter internally, I’m told,” NFL insider Tom Peilssero said on Twitter.
Peilssero further reported, “I’m told Washington has no plans to release QB Dwayne Haskins, who was fined for a previous COVID-19 protocol violation. Going to a nightclub without PPE is considered ‘High Risk COVID-19 Conduct,’ punishable by a maximum fine of one week’s salary or up to four-game suspension.”
I’m told Washington has no plans to release QB Dwayne Haskins, who was fined for a previous COVID-19 protocol violation. Going to a nightclub without PPE is considered “High Risk COVID-19 Conduct,” punishable by a maximum fine of one week’s salary or up to four-game suspension. pic.twitter.com/yUMqpMQrWH— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) December 22, 2020
So, how much is Haskins likely to be fined? As per reports, his annual salary with The Washington Football Team is $1,150,301. So, one week of his salary comes down to $22,121. This is considerably more than what he was fined the last time he breached COVID-19 protocols. Earlier this season, in October, he violated safety protocols by making reservations for a family friend to stay at the team hotel the night before a road game against the New York Giants. The breach was reportedly caught before the person arrived, but Haskins was still fined $4,833.
On Monday, December 21, before the picture came to light, coach Ron Rivera said about maintaining protocols: "That'll be the thing that we will most certainly talk about as we get up into this. Where we are right now this late into the season, everything has gone so well. Let's continue to focus in on staying clear of everything and staying healthy. Hopefully, we can maintain that and continue. We most certainly will talk about it."
The Washington Football Team has not lost any players from its active roster to the reserve/COVID-19 list this season. Haskins made his first start since Week Four on Sunday in place of the injured Alex Smith. He completed 38 of 55 passes for 295 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the 20-15 home loss to Seattle. Washington currently holds a one-game lead in the NFC East over the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys heading into their Week 16 game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.