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Family of Dwyane Haskins says he was drugged and blackmailed before his death

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 12: Dwayne Haskins #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the preseason game at Lincoln Financial Field on August 12, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

A lawsuit filed by the family of late Dwayne Haskins claims the quarterback was drugged and being blackmail before he died.

Haskins was struck by a truck in the early hours of April 9,  2022 when he was walking on 595 near Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

“It is believed that Dwayne was targeted and drugged as part of a blackmail and robbery conspiracy,” the family’s attorney Rick Ellsley said in the statement. “In fact, his highly expensive watch was stolen from him shortly before his death.”

The lawsuit alleges the driver of the dump truck was speeding, driving carelessly and had a cargo load exceeding the legal weight limit. The lawsuit also alleges negligence by the individual owner of the truck, the trucking company, the Florida Department of Transportation, the rental car company and the contractor that provides signage along I-595.

Haskins toxicology report concluded he was legally drunk when he was hit by the truck. Separate samples taken from his body had blood alcohol levels of .20 and .24.

Haskins also tested positive for ketamine and norketamine, according to the report.