Albert Haynesworth's season is over. The Washington Redskins have suspended Haynesworth for the final four games of the season due to "conduct detrimental to the team," according to a Redskins press release. The press release does not specifically mention Haynesworth's 26-minute interview on 106.7 The Fan last night, during which he ripped the team, but is surely related to that.
Coach Mike Shanahan said in a statement that Haynesworth has not abided by the terms of his contract and left the team with no choice.
"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. 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."
During his Monday press briefing, Shanahan said he would like to speak to Haynesworth before making a decision on his future. However, during his radio interview, Haynesworth told "The Kevin And Rock Show" that he would not come to Redskins Park to discuss the matter with Shanahan on Tuesday.
This latest batch of controversy occurred when Shanahan deactivated Haynesworth for the Redskins' game against the New York Giants on Sunday. A report surfaced that Haynesworth appeared "hung over" at practice on Friday, which prompted Haynesworth to respond in his radio interview.
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