Alex Smith on Dwayne Haskins' apology: 'I felt like he was sincere'
Smith of Haskins' Apology: "I felt sincere" originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
On Wednesday, Dwayne Haskins stood in front of the entire Washington Football team, apologizing for parting without a mask after Sunday's game.
Haskins also expressed remorse specifically to veteran quarterback Alex Smith for his actions, which he described as "immature and irresponsible".
When speaking with local reporters on Wednesday, Smith found Haskins' apology "sincere" and said the team would help him correct the mistake.
“I felt he was sincerely apologizing. He wanted to speak to the group, "said Smith." He also apologized to me separately. I felt heartfelt and sincere about it. I think as teammates our job was just as disappointed as we were in helping him and supporting him as teammates. "
Smith wasn't the only player in Washington to back Haskins after apologizing as Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff also backed the QB in his sophomore year.
"He was wholeheartedly about his apology, he made a mistake and he stuck to it, and we'll go from here," said Scherff.
Haskins was reportedly fined $ 40,000 by the team, the highest fine to date for violating the COVID-19 protocols. The 23-year-old was also stripped of his captain. He was also in practice on Wednesday and head coach Ron Rivera said he will be the starter on Sunday if Smith is unable to play with his ailing calf injury.
While Smith said he was still digesting Haskins' incident, the veteran quarterback plans to help Haskins "in the best way" he can.
"We realize we are a team and we go through things and make mistakes," said Smith. "We all have our own businesses. No judgment just obviously being a teammate and supporting him and certainly pushing him into this QB room to try to do the best we can."
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