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ASHBURN, Va. The Washington Football Team was forced to deal with yet another tragic situation after Montez Sweats’ brother on the defensive in his third year was shot and killed on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Henrico County Police Divisions Twitter FeedAnthony Sweat, 27, was shot and killed in an apartment complex in the Richmond suburb of Henrico. That police report stated that other persons at the scene spread after the shooting. Sweat was pronounced dead at the scene.
It’s the second tragedy to touch a member of the franchise in the past week. On December 23, security Deshazor Everett was involved in a one-car accident that killed his girlfriend, Olivia Peters. Everett, a team captain and key player in the special team, has been discharged from the hospital. Two of Everett’s teammates, Jamin Davis and Benjamin St-Juste, were also present. The investigation into the accident continues.
Montez Sweats’ mother died earlier this year. He was not for training on Wednesday.
“It’s tough and our thoughts and prayers are with the families,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said. “When we’re here in the facility, we try to make sure the players understand that we’re here for them.”
Washington has also faced a number of issues on the pitch in the last month, losing key players such as tight-end Logan Thomas, running back JD McKissic and safety / linebacker Landon Collins to injuries that end the season. WFT also handled a COVID-19 outburst that at one point put 23 players on the sidelines, including its two best quarterbacks Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen.
The eruption prompted the NFL to postpone Washington’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 19 by two days, leaving Washington in a short week for a decisive game in Dallas. Washington was forced to start Garrett Gilbert against the Eagles, four days after signing with the team.
After the 56-14 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday, Rivera pointed out that all of his team had been involved in the past month, saying, “These guys are more than just robots. They’re humans. They have a teammate going through something right now. It’s hard. It’s not normal s —. It’s real life. “
Washington receiver Terry McLaurin said it has been difficult to see the tragedies his teammates have been confronted with, combined with what has happened on the field.
“It has certainly been challenging for all of us,” McLaurin said. “You do not know what people are going through on a personal level outside of this building. We are all human beings and we are going through all things that are much bigger than football.”
Heinicke, who returned to the Dallas game, said the players have leaned on each other during this period.
“I mean, every single room has been affected by something, whether it’s COVID, damage, whatever,” Heinicke said. “So as a team we have all leaned on each other and tried to get through it with each other. It’s clear that the captains have done a fantastic job of keeping the ship sailing, but overall I think that as a teams have done it. a good job of leaning on each other. “