WHen Daniel Wilcox read ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s tweet to break the news of NFL quarterback Twain Hoskins’ death, wondering how some people view athletes as mere entertainers without taking the time to look at them as human beings.
“When you’ve been in the NFL, you’re a piece of meat. You’re a name and you’s a number,” said Wilcox, who played in the tight end for the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens.
Schifter saw the setback after listing the setbacks of his life when he reported Hoskins’ death in a truck collision with a 24-year-old early Saturday morning.
“Twain Hoskins, who was alone in Ohio before fighting with Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL, died in a car crash in South Florida this morning, his agent Cedric Sanders tweeted,” Schifter tweeted.
“Haskin has a family, they hurt,” Wilcox said. “Instead of embracing the fact that someone has lost their life, you are pointing out someone’s fault. There is a state of numbness. As a reporter, sometimes you just want to publish it first, and when you say things you don’t think about the people you influence.
The sports community voiced opposition to Sheffield’s tweet, which came at a time when Hoskins’ family, friends and ex-team were taking in the magnificence of his death. Schifter would eventually delete the tweet, but the damage was done.
Athletes like Des Bryant, Lamar Jackson and former Ohio State University quarterback Cartel Jones have all lashed out at Schifter on social media. Jones tweeted: “How Twain Hoskins, son, husband, Bucky I’s brother, friend, beloved colleague passed away ‘TF his career ups and downs were unfortunately associated with the loss of his life.”
Hoskins was with the Pittsburgh Steelers when he died. Ryan Clark, a former Steelers defender who now works with Schefter at ESPN, says the author has apologized directly for the tweet. But, as of Monday morning, Schifter had not yet made a public apology.
This is not the first time Schifter has been so enthusiastic about publishing news that thinks about the humanity of the people. When a large jury decided not to charge Teshan Watson with sexual assault charges earlier this year, Schifter’s tweet read like a PR statement to Quarterback: “That’s why Teshan Watson, from the beginning, welcomed the police investigation: he knew it. The truth will come out. “Many pointed out that the failure to plead not guilty was a declaration of innocence, and that Watson was still under investigation in the NFL and civil cases for sexual abuse of 22 women.
Schaffter was not the only person to act as an NFL scout after Hoskins’ death. Former Dallas Cowboys executive Gill Brand appeared on NFL’s SiriusXM channel as sounding more like a college player’s match for the NFL than talking about the death of a teenager. “He’s a boy who lives to die … maybe he would not do stupid things if he stayed in school for a year. [like] Jogging on a highway, ”Brandt later apologized.
Jason Wright, former NFL re – run and head of Washington Commanders, shared his thoughts on the brand’s statement via tweet: It subjugates people and pushes them to think that they are unworthy of anything except the stage.It has deep roots and it is harmful.
Beyond the mistakes of those in the media, there are significant instances where humanization has become a practice in the NFL. For decades, the NFL used “race-norming”, which was considered by black players to be less intellectual. In turn, it was difficult for retired black players to seek compensation based on the mental decline associated with their playing days. In response to the case of former NFL players, the NFL launched a plan in March to eliminate racial bias in testing and payments.
“They don’t want to pay for your health insurance once you’re done,” Wilcox says. “They do not want to take care of your broken bones. They do not care about your torn ligaments. They do not care about the surgeries you do when you play for them. What they care about is what they can do to put you on the field for them to succeed. You have to make more money for them and the company for billions. They want to keep bringing in tens of thousands of dollars.
This weekend it was left to other athletes and those who knew and loved Haskin to be reminded that we did not lose a single footballer, we lost a person. Steelers Linebacker DJ Wat Hoskins recalled “Always made people laugh and didn’t take life for granted.” His head coach, Mike Tomlin, said Huskins was “one of our toughest employees on the field and in our community.” . “He was a young man of immense potential with an infectious personality. It is a pity to say we were heartbroken,” Snyder and his wife Tanya said in a statement.
But it was an athlete from another sport, the New York Mets sledger Pete Alonso, who was killed in a car crash earlier this year, who reminded us that like Hoskins we are all vulnerable.
Following the Mets’ game against the Washington Nationals on Saturday, Alonso said: “It could have been easier for me.” The thing is, I feel so bad [Haskins’] The team, but also his family. “
Alonso was right. Hoskins is not just a quarterback. He is a man just like us.