First call: ESPN’s Adam Schefter apologizes for Dwayne Haskins’ tweet; Brett Michaels pressures Steelers for specific QB in draft

Adam Schefter apologizes for his reporting on the death of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

There is little chance that TJ Watt will perceive his recurrence as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. A Pittsburgher celebrity is pushing for a specific quarterback to land with the Steelers.

And a busy night in the NHL is highlighted by a few matchups in the Metropolitan Division.

All this in Tuesday’s “First Call”.

Apologies issued

ESPN reporter Adam Schefter has issued an apology for a tweet he sent while reporting Saturday morning’s news of Dwayne Haskins’ death.

When Schefter learned that the Steelers quarterback had been killed while apparently attempting to walk across a highway in South Florida, Schefter tweeted: “Dwayne Haskins, an outstanding player in the State of Ohio, before battling to catch up with Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL, died this morning when he was hit by a car in South Florida, according to his agent Cedric Saunders.Haskins would have turned 25 on May 3.

Many criticized Schefter for including Haskins’ struggles in the NFL while breaking the news of his death. Apparently Schefter agreed by deleting that tweet and reposting a different version about 20 minutes later.

Dwayne Haskins, who stood out at Ohio State before becoming Washington’s first pick and playing in Pittsburgh, died this morning when he was hit by a car in South Florida, his agent says. Cedric Saunders. Haskins would have turned 25 on May 3.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 9, 2022

On Monday, Schefter expressed apologies when Podcast.

“It was insensitive,” Schefter said. “It was a mistake. And I can assure you that was not my intention. I wish I could get that tweet back. The focus should have been on Dwayne – who he was as a person, husband, friend and much more. I wanted to apologize to Dwayne’s family, friends, National Football League players and offer my condolences to everyone close to Dwayne. And how I failed Saturday, I wanted to get people’s attention to make sure Dwayne was remembered.

From there, Schefter spent another three minutes extolling Haskins’ virtues, mentioning his college accomplishments, his dedicated attempts to resurrect his career with the Steelers, his love for Pittsburgh as his adopted home and his willingness to be part of the fan of the franchise. community engagement and outreach initiatives.

As the apology progressed, the content far outweighed the one regrettable passage in his initial tweet. I just don’t know why Schefter couldn’t have done something similar on Twitter on Saturday or Sunday and then read his statement on Monday during the podcast.

As a result, as ProFootballTalk suggested, to some it sounds like Schefter is using the apology as a way to promote listening to his podcast.

Based on some comments under Schefter’s post on the podcast, many in the Twittersphere seem to agree and act like no apology is enough. But the only thing more popular on Twitter than posting virtue is posting outrage. And sometimes the two are almost identical.

Of these people, however, I would also ask for a little introspection.

If so many of you go out of your way to tweet non-stop about (or about) Schefter for blurring the spotlight on Haskins’ death, what do you think happened to 72 hours of ugly comments and endlessly thrown at Schefter (and Gil Brandt too)?

Twitter, sports radio and the blogosphere turned coverage of Haskins’ death into a bigger story than the horrific crash itself.

And while the alleged initial outrage was to distract from mourning Haskins’ death, there’s an ugly irony about what some people chose to focus on instead. Because after two or three hours, let alone two or three days, one should wonder if some people attacking Schefter were doing it honestly in an attempt to make him look bad.

Or were they just trying to make themselves look good by looking for likes and retweets?

And if so, isn’t that being even more insensitive to the memory of Haskins than what Schefter did in the first place?

Different choice

Steeler TJ Watt is not favored to defend his Defensive Player of the Year award.

According to BetOnline.Ag, Browns pass runner Myles Garrett is the favorite to win the prize. He is listed as a +650 favorite (13/2). Watt is next at +700 (7/1). Watt had 22.5 sacks to lead the NFL in 2021, tying Michael Strahan’s single-season record. Garrett finished third in the NFL with 16.0. Chicago’s Robert Quinn came in second with 18.5.

Former Pitt Panther and current Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald is next at +750 (15/2). Former Penn State Nittany Lion Micah Parsons is fourth. The Dallas Cowboys Defensive Rookie of the Year sits at +900 (9/1).

something to believe in

The folks at Steelers Depot recently found a clip from the April 5 episode of “The Rich Eisen Show,” in which University of Mississippi quarterback Matt Corral said he could benefit from outside influence when it comes to encouraging the Steelers to draft him.

Corral and his family are longtime friends with rock star and famous Steelers fan Bret Michaels. The Butler-born, Mechanicsburg-raised Poison lead singer even went so far as to take Corral’s family to one of his games in November. Now, according to Corral, Michaels is proposing that the Steelers select him in the draft.

“I spoke to Bret throughout this process. He really wants me to land in Pittsburgh,” Corral told Eisen. “Bret is really pushing Mr. Rooney to choose me. He lived next door to one of the Steelers owners. It was his neighbor. And I know they talk a lot. And I know he mentioned my name.

Corral did not specify which member of the Rooney family — or the property in general — he was referring to. But this isn’t the first time Corral’s connection to Michaels has appeared on Eisen’s show.

When Michaels made an appearance with Eisen in March, he spent more than four minutes working hard to get the Steelers to retake Corral as the No. 20 pick.

Will the Steelers really take Corral? I guess “Only time will tell”. But if they do, I guess Corral’s draft party will be “Nothing But A Good Time.”

I will show myself.

It’s hockey night in… well, everywhere

There was only one NHL game on Monday night. The Winnipeg Jets beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2.

There are 14 games on Tuesday night, however. Seven teams from the Metropolitan Division are in action. Six are involved in intra-divisional clashes.

The Penguins are playing the Islanders for only the second time this season. The Penguins won Game 1 1-0 on November 26. Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals are hosting the Philadelphia Flyers and the Carolina Hurricanes are in New York to take on the Rangers.

The New Jersey Devils are in the west to face the Arizona Coyotes. The Columbus Blue Jackets are inactive until Wednesday.

Coming into play on Tuesday, Carolina (102 points) has a two-point lead over the Rangers for first place in the Metro. So New York can move into a tie for the division lead with a regulation win at Madison Square Garden. The Penguins (94 points) and Capitals (90 points) are also currently in playoff position.

Tim Benz is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise specified.