ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is typically the first to report on any new scoops around pro football. That was true again today, as Schefter broke the terrible news of the passing of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Haskins was killed after being struck by a vehicle during a training session in Florida.

Schefter’s initial report included language about Haskins’ on-field struggles. The tweet was deleted, and a more positive spin was put on the story. By then, it was too late, as NFL stars and fans were already blasting Schefter for his insensitive comment.

Fellow former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones was among the first to criticize Schefter for throwing shade while announcing the death of a young man. Cornerback Joe Haden also jumped into the fray. It seems everybody is wondering just what Adam Schefter could have been thinking.

“How about “Dwayne Haskins, son, husband, buckeye brother, friend, beloved teammate has passed away” TF his career ups and downs have to do with him unfortunately losing his life… STFU! Let his family & friends grieve instead of throwing shade. Praying for the Haskins family!!”

Haden called Schefter’s tweet “Wild.” Before it was deleted, over 20,000 people had quote tweeted Schefter. Most didn’t have anything good to say about his approach to covering the tragic story.

Dwayne Haskins was just 24 years old. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expressed his sadness in the wake of the loss. There will undoubtedly be more NFL players ready to take Adam Schefter to task after the controversial tweet.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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