Albert Haynesworth: 'I Could Have Played. I Wanted To Play'

There are two sides to every story. Reporters have been telling theirs all weekend, headlined by these tweets from Kelli Johnson of Comcast SportsNet regarding

Several team sources tell me that Haynesworth went out Thurs and showed up late fri, missed a team meeting & appeared 2 be "hungover" ... Haynesworth calls story total bs. Told me he went out Thurs but didn't feel well so he went home early; also said there wasnt a team meeting ... FYI team meeting is more like a roll call where everyone meets before breaking into off/def.Albert told me he met w/Shanahan first thing fri

Albert Haynesworth got his first chance to respond publicly tonight on 106.7 The Fan, speaking with the Kevin and Rock Show.

On the reports that he showed up hungover on Friday:
"I went out on Thursday but left early because I wasn't feeling good, and then went home ... For these people to try to make up lies to try to make me look bad, I think they're cowards ... If they have something to say they should say it to me and not to the media ... Be a man. If you got something to say to me then you come say it to my face ... We're not little girls or anything."

On his inactive status for Sunday's game against the Giants:
"Bottom line, Sunday I was ready to play. I could have played, I wanted to play. Come to find out, all my stuff is packed up ... I'm still the player I was in Tennessee. Getting 14 snaps a game isn't helping anything ... The game before against the Vikings, Phil [Daniels] went out there with minimum snaps and Phil made plays"

On if he wants to be released by the Redskins:
"I'm just happy to have a job. I'm not gonna say anything like that about wanting to be cut. Nobody wants to be cut. But I do want to show people that I can play. Let me play like I did in Tennesse. I can show you ... I love the game of football. Let me be great at it. Let me reach my goals. I want to be the best defensive lineman to ever play this game."

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