Selfie-gate? Please, let Haskins have some fun

Ben Krimmel
November 25, 2019 - 10:13 am

For the first time in his brief NFL career, rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins was able to walk off the field a winner.

Thanks to a pair of late Dustin Hopkins field goals and three Jeff Driskel interceptions the Washington Redskins defeated the Detroit Lions on Sunday 19-16 to improve to 2-9 on the year.

Of course, the win was not without a hint of controversy.

This controversy came about after the Redskins secured the win with a Fabian Moreau pick, but before the game was 'technically' over.

Haskins, the 22-year-old rookie making just his third career stater, decided to celebrate with the fans and take a selfie. So with two seconds remaining and the Redskins needing to run one final play, it was veteran Case Keenum tasked with taking a knee to close it out.

Did you see that? Because that was it. That was the controversy. That was the storm.

Wait, that's it? That's the controversy? 

Yes. Evidently, it is.

Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan told reporters after the game Keenum took the final snap because they couldn't find Haskins and said, "I think he thought the game was over."

“I don’t laugh at it,” Callahan said. “I’m happy we won. We’ll address that. I’m just pleased that we won the game. We were looking for him. I think he thought the game was over, so we’ll have to find out. I’ll have to find out a little bit more.”

And with that, Selfie-gate was born.

The young QB, who wasn't exactly picture-perfect on the day, was able to see the good.

“I looked up, and we were in victory (formation),” Haskins said after the game. “I thought the game was over with already, but I’ll get it next time.”

But what about the fan?

106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen spoke with new Redskins fan Jaime López-Verduzco after the game.

“It was his first NFL home win; it’s very circumstantial," López-Verduzco told Paulsen via The Athletic. "I think the league, the players, the NFL alums, the fans, they should use this as a case scenario that the audience of the NFL is changing and as new players come in, so do new viewers. The younger viewers that are graduating college and transitioning from college football into the NFL are following these new players on social media. We should not discourage them from interacting with the people that keep the NFL running.”

“They had called him back to the field 10 to 20 seconds before, I just happened to be the picture that was being taken when they needed him,” López-Verduzco added. “I could see other players and coaches waving for him; everyone else on the sidelines was trying to move him away from the fans. My attention was on him and trying to get him to stay a little longer for the picture. He was about to win his first NFL game, and I guess he just wanted the game to be over so he could spend time with the fans and celebrate.”

Of course, López-Verduzco acknowledged the mini-issue Haskins found himself in: "I’m very grateful he let me share that moment with him, and at the same time, I apologize to him for letting me get him into a tricky situation.”

Please, no apology necessary from fan or quarterback. Even if it hadn't ended yet, the game was already over.

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