The Washington Washington Football Team have suspended DL Albert Haynesworth without pay for the team’s next four games for conduct detrimental to the club. He was notified of the club’s decision this morning by General Manager Bruce Allen at Redskin Park.
“Despite the club’s numerous attempts to persuade Albert Haynesworth to abide by the terms of his contract, he has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time,” said Washington Football Team's head coach Mike Shanahan in a statement. “Among other things, he has consistently indicated to our defensive coaches that he refuses to play in our base defense or on first-down or second-down nickel situations. He has also refused to follow the instructions of our coaches both during weekly practices and during actual games as well.”
The coach continued by saying, “Yesterday, when Albert was at Redskin Park, he told our General Manager Bruce Allen that he [Haynesworth] would no longer speak with me. Although suspending any player is not a decision that a head coach enters into lightly, I believe the situation has reached the point where the club clearly has no alternative.”
In a recent interview with a radio sports show, Haynesworth blasted the Washington Football Team organization for alleging that he was suspended for Sunday’s game for being late for practice and being hungover.
“For these people to make up lies and try to make me look bad is ridiculous. I think that they’re cowards, and if they have something to say, they should come to my face, not run to the media and try to blast me behind my back,” he told Kevin & Rock Show. “There are some kind of haters or something like that in the organization, that they don’t like me. I don’t know if it’s players or coaches, I don’t know who it is. Obviously there’s somebody who doesn’t like me, which is fine. But when you go out there and start making up lies, I’ve got something to say.”