Redskins suspend Haynesworth for final four games

The ridiculous tenure of Albert Haynesworth with the Washington Redskins appears to slowly be coming to an end.

The Redskins suspended the disgruntled defensive tackle without pay for the final four games of the season for conduct detrimental to the team, something that’s been a consistent factor in his nearly two years with the organization. A four-game suspension is the maximum allowed under terms of the CBA.

In a release sent out by the team, it announced general manager Bruce Allen informed Haynesworth of the club’s decision this morning.

“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,” coach Mike Shanahan said in a release. “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.

“(Monday), 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.”

Haynesworth’s selfish behavior has been a problem since Day 1. He was a problem for the previous coaching staff and has played in 20 games since receiving a $100 million contract from the team. The Washington Post reported that Haynesworth was loafing in practice last Friday, and he was irate at rumors that he showed up to work hung over. Haynesworth has been criticized by teammates lately. Last season, Haynesworth urged teammates to show up late for practice on Christmas Day. It appears his run in Washington could be coming to an end.

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