Kirk Cousins wanted a new haircut. What he got was something he felt embarrassed his family and friends back home.
The Washington Redskins quarterback on Wednesday flashed a buzz cut instead of his typical longer blonde locks. That wasn’t intentional. Cousins explained it as a “communication breakdown” with a hairdresser at Dulles Barber Shop:
“All right, so I’ve got to apologize to my family and friends back home because I think I’m embarrassing them. I try to represent them well. My haircut’s not doing it. I said on Monday I saw the press conference, ‘I think I need a haircut.’ So my friends are in town, we go over to Dulles Barber and it was actually two places: The Hair Cuttery and the Dulles Barber and I said I’m going to go to the Dulles Barber. I had a choice to make, I went to Dulles Barber. The lady who cut my hair wasn’t speaking English all that clearly. There was a communication breakdown. And she basically gave me a mohawk.
“I had my glasses on; she took them off to cut my hair. I couldn’t stop her obviously because I couldn’t see. She wheels me back around, I look in the mirror, realize I have a mohawk and I tell her, ‘Just shave it off, I don’t know what to tell you.’ She just buzzed it off and I’ve got to live with this for the next couple of weeks until it grows back. But I do want to apologize to my family and friends back home because I try to represent them well, but this haircut isn’t doing it.
“The tough thing was, I didn’t realize until that moment when she shaved it that I do have a receding hairline. That was tough to take. My dad is more or less completely bald and I was hoping that I wasn’t going to get his genes, but it clearly looks like I did. I’ve got to deal with that for the rest of my life now.”
Cousins’ Wednesday press conference was shown live on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.”
Asked about Cousins’ hair, Robert Griffin III smiled.
“I’m sorry, guys, that’s bad,” Griffin said. “It’s bad.”
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles played with Cousins at Michigan State for a little while before transferring to Arizona. He looked up Cousins’ haircut while on a conference call with Washington media.
“Oh OK I see it. Wow. Well that’ll be good,” Foles said, drawing laughs. “I’m going to have to do that to mine: Cut it all off, if he can pull it off.”