Albert Haynesworth accused of sexual assault
Albert Haynesworth’s legal weekend was just revving up when he turned himself in at a Reston, Va., police station Saturday morning when he was charged with assault stemming from an alleged road rage incident.
Now, the embattled Washington Redskins defensive tackle has been accused of sexual assault. NBC Washington in Washington reports that the U.S. Attorney’s Office will review evidence after a waitress at the W Hotel in Washington accused Haynesworth of assaulting her.
According to the police report acquired by NBC Washington, the waitress had her hands full with glasses when Haynesworth tried to pay his bill by giving her a credit card. Per the report, Haynesworth asked if he could place the card in her short near her breasts. The waitress nodded yes and Haynesworth placed the card there before sliding his hand in and beginning to “caress her breast.” The incident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday and a police report was filed at 5:15 a.m.
Haynesworth’s agent Chad Speck, who vehemently denied the road rage allegations, also denied these latest accusations. In fact, he hinted Haynesworth would consider legal action vs. the waitress.
“There seems to be no truth to these allegations,” Speck told NBC Washington. “We are currently evaluating facts and considering our own legal action against those involved.”
Like most people, we believe firmly in due process, and Haynesworth is entitled to that in both instances. We also believe Haynesworth is one giant target in public these days, and that he probably doesn’t put himself in the best situation at all times. That being said, he’s also a public relations nightmare for Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. He has been for more than a year and he will continue to be just that. If Snyder wants to gain some positive P.R. in a town where he struggles to do that, he might consider severing ties with Haynesworth soon. Real soon. Before he encounters his next legal issue. And that could happen any minute now.
It's probably about time that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell take a real close look at Haynesworth.
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