SJ - April 9, 2022
Former NFL executive and Hall of Famer Gil Brandt was on NFL radio on Saturday when he was asked about Dwayne Haskins. The Steelers quarterback was killed hours before by a dump truck in Florida.
Brandt's response was, let's just say, insensitive given the fact that Haskins just died, "he was a guy that was living to be dead."
He went on to blame Haskins' death on leaving Ohio State early, "Maybe it he stayed in school a year he wouldn’t do silly things [like] jogging on a highway."
Here is @Gil_Brandt on NFL radio when asked about Dwayne Haskins.
“He was a guy that was living to be dead.”
“It was always something” with Haskins
“Maybe it he stayed in school a year he wouldn’t do silly things [like] jogging on a highway.” pic.twitter.com/cuZZdqYOck
— Pete Damilatis (@PeteDamilatis) April 9, 2022
Well that's about as crazy as a response to a soon to be 25-year-old athlete's death as you're going to hear. While not all of the details about Haskins' death are known, it's safe to say leaving Ohio State when he did played no part.
Obviously the 90-year-old's comments were not well received, as you would expect. Brandt has since apologized.
This morning while learning of Dwayne Haskins’ passing, I reacted carelessly and insensitively on a radio interview. I want to apologize to Mr. Haskins’ family and anyone who heard my poor choice of words. I truly apologize. My heart goes out to his family at this difficult time.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 9, 2022
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