Cowboys HOF’er Gil Brandt Blasted for ‘Disgusting’ Comments On Dwayne Haskins’ Death

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins died after he was hit by a dump truck while walking on a South Florida highway on Saturday, and Dallas Cowboys Hall of Famer Gil Brandt made insensitive comments about Haskins on SiriusXM’s NFL radio show just hours later.

Brandt mentioned on the radio show that “any death is tragic” before leading into a more negative analysis of the career and behavior of the former Ohio State star and first-round pick of Washington.

“He was a guy that was living to be dead.”
“It was always something [with Haskins].”
“Maybe if he stayed in school a year he wouldn’t do silly things [like] jogging on a highway.”


The 90-year-old Super Bowl-winning executive for the Cowboys — who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame — has many individuals wondering if there will be any consequences for his comments.

ESPN’s Mina Kimes responded to a tweet with Brandt’s comments asking “how is this real”. 

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick tweeted at Brandt and said: “I really hope you didn’t mean what you said about Dwayne.”

Annie Apple, the mother of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple, called Brandt a “gutless garbage pile of skin.”

“And this guy was a player personnel for 30 years in the National Football League,” she wrote.

Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward also tweeted at Brandt, saying “I do not know or will assume to but please don’t speak on my friend. He will be missed and your words are disgraceful. We are all hurting right now.”

Others called his comments “disgusting”, “positively some of the worst commentary I’ve heard,” and many called it worse than what ESPN analyst Adam Schefter tweeted when breaking the news earlier in the day.

The Cowboys said in a statement on Saturday afternoon that the team is deeply saddened by the passing of Dwayne Haskins.

“Our hearts go out to the Haskins family, Pittsburgh Steelers and Steelers Nation for their tragic loss,” the statement reads.

Check back with OutKick for updates.

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Written by Megan Turner

Megan graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


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  1. OK, lets compare the two OMG statements ….
    Gil Brandt … a 90 y/o guy who joins Al Campanis and Jimmy The Greek in the Oh NO, “You shouldna said THAT ” Hall of Shame. But he DID say it so he (and his legacy) gotta live with it … Do Cowboys take him out of their Ring of Honor ??? Probably because its 2022 and thats the world we live in now.
    Schefter’s Comment … suppose it was Tim Tebow that was hit by a dump truck … and Schefter’s comment included – “struggled to catch on with the Broncos and Jaguars” … would there be OUTRAGE? Of course not. … Does ESPN keep paying him $10,000,000/year ? We’ll see ..

  2. Haskins was walking on I-595, which is a “limited access facility” (a highway or expressway that pedestrians are not allowed on). Troopers don’t yet know why he was there. Haskins tried to cross the westbound lanes of I-595, where there was oncoming traffic. Haskins was pronounced dead at the scene.4 hours ago

  3. Make it stop! Who cares what a 90yo said? Who cares what a few Twatter attention whores said about what a 90yo said?
    Answer, nobody cares! It’ll be a footnote in his obituary, for anyone who doesn’t actually say ‘I didn’t know he was still alive!’

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