Redskins suspend Haynesworth

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:08 PM ET

On the day he signed his massive contract with the Redskins, Albert Haynesworth proclaimed: “You’re not going to remember Albert Haynesworth as a bust.”

There is some truth to that. Haynesworth is not just a bust. He’s the biggest bust of all time.

Tuesday, citing a litany of insubordination and “conduct detrimental to the club,” Skins football boss Mike Shanahan suspended Haynesworth for the rest of the season without pay. That will cost him $847,000 in salary but he also stands to lose much more.

His original contract signed before the 2009 season called for $41 million in guaranteed money, but if the Redskins decide to litigate they may be able to recoup a portion of that money.

Ever since Shanahan was hired, he and Haynesworth have been at odds over defensive philosophy. Haynesworth refused to play nose tackle in Shanahan’s 3-4 defence. All season long he has been a disruptive presence, refusing to listen to coaches’ instructions and has often been late or missed practices altogether.

This last week, he performed so poorly in practice that Shanahan left him off the game-day roster against the Giants.

On Monday, Haynesworth informed GM Bruce Allen he would no longer speak to Shanahan, which was the final straw and led to Tuesday’s suspension, which amounts to a dismissal. The Skins are likely to try to trade the disgruntled player in the off-season.


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