Snyder stands behind suspension of Haynesworth

Although he’s effectively watching his money go up in smoke, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said he supported the decision by coach Mike Shanahan to suspend disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth for the remainder of the season for conduct detrimental to the team.

Snyder declined to say much, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, saying over and over again that Shanahan “speaks for all of us.”

Per the report, Haynesworth has already received $34.8 million from the Redskins. Haynesworth’s agent Chad Speck indicated they will appeal the suspension, which is without pay. If Haynesworth wins that, he’ll stand to gain another $847,000. It’s staggering money for a player who has been a colossal bust.

"I wish he played better and everybody played better at this point,” Snyder said. “You know, you always hope.”

With the Redskins 5-7 and on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention yet again, Snyder urged patience.

“The biggest thing is that, when you have a new organization in place with Bruce Allen and his team and Coach Shanahan and all the new coaches, things take a little time for them to shape what they want to do," Snyder said. "It took Joe Gibbs a year to get his organization in shape the way he wanted to, and the next year we went to the playoffs and made a good run. I'm looking forward to the same thing with Coach Shanahan and Bruce Allen. It's exciting for the future."

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