ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after beating the TCU Horned Frogs 40-28 during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)A New Jersey reporter revealed this week the bizarre conversation he had with the father of former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins heading into the 2019 NFL Draft.Haskins, a New Jersey native, is expected to be a top pick in the first round of this year’s draft.NJ.com wanted to write a nice background feature on Haskins, the New Jersey native, and it led to a weird conversation with the father of the QB.The conversation started off tense:Me: It’s huge news for a New Jersey native to be in the mix to be the next Giants quarterback. I found my own sources and I’m going to write a story, but I’d really like to have you or Dwayne Jr. with a voice in the story. Can you give me some time?Haskins Sr.: I just want to be clear with you: What is the content of this article? What are you looking for? I’m familiar with aspects of reporters. I have an entertainment background. For me, I want the content to be consistent with our family core values. For me to participate in an interview, I want to make sure it’s accurate. What I came to realize throughout this process over the last 10 years, there are sources that are just not credible. They are self-serving and promoting to use Dwayne’s likeness. For me to participate, I need to know more in detail, who did you talk to? Because a two-minute or two-day encounter doesn’t define a relationship or know the core values or our faith and how we operate.And got weirder:Me: I’m listening to you, sir. I’m looking for the middle ground here. Who specifically are you talking about?Haskins Sr.: I’m not going to go into that. You should’ve come to me first.Me: I sent you a message two months ago. Respectfully, I did come to you first because I was looking for people you would recommend. When I didn’t get anybody, I started to talk to people I know. I found people who worked with or said they coached Dwayne as a young boy. I’m not interested in high school or college Dwayne. This is New Jersey Dwayne.Haskins Sr.: That’s not accurate, those people. That’s where I’m at on it. Let me pray on it.It’s reasonable for parents of top NFL Draft prospects to be on edge heading into the draft, and there’s been talk of Haskins’ stock dropping, so maybe this all just happened at a bad time for the family.Still, it’s a bizarre conversation, which can be read in full here.Mike Locksley, Maryland’s head coach who recruited Haskins out of high school, defended the family during a recent interview.“No not at all. It’s the exact opposite,” Locksley said in an interview with the Sports Junkies. “The very first day that he and his family touched down in Maryland, I had a chance to meet him. They came over to visit us here at Maryland. We had a summer camp going on. That was the first exposure that I had to he, his dad, his mom, his sister. I’m talking about a great, great family. I’m sure a lot has been made. Everybody likes to put some of these quarterback dads in these boxes, but I know this. His dad made a tremendous sacrifice in bringing his son down here to play in the DMV. They’re a very tight-knit family. Their family is based on faith. Good, good people.”It didn’t seem like Haskins and his family had any issues at Ohio State, either.Haskins will learn his NFL future in a matter of hours. The 2019 NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. E.T.
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