Ryan Leaf calls Dwayne Haskins' actions 'utter ignorance'
Ryan Leaf calls Dwayne Haskins' actions "total ignorance", which originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
On Tuesday, Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins took to Twitter apologizing for “distraction” after photos of him recently partying without a mask emerged.
The news about the young passerby naturally triggered reactions on social media, as many of the situation was a burden. One of the most strongly worded opinions came from former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf.
"Look, this is exactly what you are thinking. Complete ignorance. There is something about the brain chemistry of an elite athlete that has everything and feels offended and hurt," Leaf wrote in a tweet. "You have no impulse control, nobody will tell me what I can't do. I swear it's like looking in a mirror!"
Leaf believes he can personally understand the experience Haskins is having. Leaf, number 2 in the 1998 NFL Draft, entered the league with high expectations. These were never met on the field as the quarterback struggled for performance and health, limited his career to a few seasons, and referred to him as one of the greatest draft busts of all time.
Outside of the field, Leaf also fought. Confrontation with internal problems with management and teammates as well as the fight against substance abuse. Despite his talent, he was never able to assert himself well in football. His statement that seeing Haskins was "like looking in the mirror" is a strong personal indictment against the young quarterback by someone who was unable to deal with the incredibly stressful, high-profile life of an NFL quarterback.
Long-time NFL pass rusher Chris Long also shared his thoughts, calling Haskins' move "incredibly selfish" and asking if the quarterback and other past experiences took a selfie before the end of a game in 2019 Had or not The Lions taught him.
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Former NFL recipient Torrey Smith noted that he feels like Haskins doesn't fully understand that there is nothing in the NFL, and that any situation can have a huge impact on a career.
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Hall of Fame head coach Tony Dungy wondered how Haskins' actions would affect his teammates. When Washington battled for a place in the playoffs, it was a move he considered "immature".
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Haskins' actions mark the second time the quarterback has broken COVID-19 protocols this season. However, the team reportedly has no plans to release him at the moment.
And FOX analyst and former NFL fan Shannon Sharpe even believes that Haskins' actions may have ended his time in Washington, given what it's about.
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