Haynesworth arrested following alleged road rage incident
Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been charged with assault stemming from an alleged road rage incident, according to Fairfax, Va., police.
The Washington Post reports that Haynesworth will turn himself in next week. His agent Chad Speck told the Post that the allegations were “ridiculous.” Haynesworth, of course, has a history of vehicle issues in his past. He was busted for driving 103 mph in Nashville while playing for the Tennessee Titans and allegedly caused an accident in his Ferrari that seriously injured a man in a separate incident. A civil case on that matter is pending.
“Albert has yet to speak to the authorities at all on this matter,” Speck told the Post. “So only one side of this story has been told at this point in time. If contacted by the authorities, Albert will certainly cooperate in any way. This man, who actually provoked the situation himself, recognized Albert and is now simply trying to turn it into his 15 minutes of fame and get, we can only assume, some money. Albert did not assault this man and looks forward to his day in court to refute these ridiculous allegations.”
The man who filed the complant is 38-year-old Joel Velazques. He alleges Haynesworth punched him in the nose after they jockeyed for road space. He suffered a contusion but not a broken nose.
The fate of Haynesworth remains up in the air but it seems highly unlikely the Redskins would want him back after this past season when he finished the year with a four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.
“I’m disappointed,” Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said from the Super Bowl when asked about Haynesworth’s performance over the last two seasons, according to Rick Maese of the Washington Post.
"It's a fact. I sign the checks, so yes, I sign off. I support Mike (Shanahan). If Mike and Bruce (Allen) want to do something, I'll support it. I will sign the checks. But I don't watch the film deciding, 'Sign that guy.' That's not my deal."
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