Red­skins sus­pend Haynesworth four games with­out pay

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

WA S H I N G T O N : Sim­mer­ing all year, the an­tag­o­nism be­tween Al­bert Haynesworth and Mike Shana­han fi­nally reached the boil­ing point Tues­day when the two-time All-Pro de­fen­sive line­man was sus­pended by the Washington Red­skins coach with­out pay for the rest of the sea­son.

Cit­ing a litany of acts that es­sen­tially add up to sea­son­long in­sub­or­di­na­tion, the Red­skins sus­pended Haynesworth for "con­duct detri­men­tal to the club" and told him he's not wel­come for the team's fi­nal four games - and mak­ing it ex­tremely un­likely he will play for the club again.

"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," Shana­han said in state­ment re­leased by the team. "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.

"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."

Allen in­formed Haynesworth of the sus­pen­sion, the max­i­mum per­mit­ted un­der the league's col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment. Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck, said his client will ap­peal. Speck chided the Red­skins for not giv­ing any prior for­mal no­tice that Haynesworth's be­hav­ior was in ques­tion. "The ac­cu­sa­tions made by coach Shana­han and Bruce Allen are vague and with­out merit," Speck said in a writ­ten state­ment. -Afp

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