Josh Hawkins, who recently returned for his second stint at Carolina Panthers, has been released from the practice squad after the cornerback was seen dancing at a crowded restaurant without wearing a mask.
Josh Hawkins seen dancing at a restaurant without a mask
A recent video has been floating around in Instagram where Josh Hawkins is seen at a restaurant dancing to a song while being without a mask. The place has been identified as Nikko Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Charlotte and the player was dancing to “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by American rapper Soulja Boy Tell’
The clip was shared on Twitter by Carolina Blitz, check it out below-
Panthers released practice squad cornerback Josh Hawkins. Over the weekend this video of him dancing in a crowded restaurant w/no mask was posted on IG. When asked if the move was related, Matt Rhule wouldn’t comment specifically. Said it was done in best interest of the team. pic.twitter.com/rVUeAdK2ux
— Carolina Blitz (@KeepBlitzin) October 26, 2020
The NFL has been maintaining strict COVID-19 protocols for the ongoing season, which include prohibition from being present in any indoor gathering over 10 people, while another one is being in public without wearing a mask.
Considering Josh Hawkins, who has breached both of these protocols, Panthers head coach Matt Rhule decided to release the player from the practice squad to prevent any risk of virus contraction in the squad and was quoted “I would just say we thought it was in the best interest of the team.”
Recently, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley were seen at an indoor party without wearing masks. However, the team is currently investigating the situation and has not taken any decision regarding the players as of now.
Hawkins originally joined Panthers back in September 2018 but was released from the active squad two months later. He returned to his second stint with the team on 20th October this year, just a week before the Panthers waived him off from the practice squad.
Panthers lost to Saints 27-24 this weekend and will take on Atlanta Falcons on Friday.