The Washington Redskins have fined DT Albert Haynesworth $10,000 for skipping last weekend’s mandatory minicamp, the Washington Post is reporting.
Meanwhile, Haynesworth is not making a lot of friends these days. The defensive tackle has done his best to alienate his teammates and draw the ire of coach Mike Shanahan. Former Redskins QB Joe Theismann offered a strong rebuke on Thursday, as he called Haynesworth classless and selfish in an on-air tirade.
Now center Kevin Mawae, Haynesworth’s former Titans teammate, offered his thoughts when he joined hosts Bryan McGovern and Gil Brandt on SIRIUS NFL radio on Thursday night.
- “You talk about somebody putting a mask on and going in backwards to get his paycheck,” Mawae said. “I mean, if you don’t want to be there don’t take the $21 million contract. How things turned out it’s no surprise to guys that have played with him in Tennessee. You know, what do you say? I mean, you’re getting paid a ton of money to play less and you’re complaining about it. At the end of the day it’s one thing to be a football player and get paid lots of money but there’s a whole lot more to be said about being a man.
- “You know, he’s a [inaudible] player when he wants to be and he can be one of the best in the league, and I’ve said that to him in his face before. But to this point he doesn’t want to do it on a consistent basis. At some point in time in the game, you know, you got to do what’s right for yourself and what’s right for you and your family. I think $32 million guaranteed in one year pretty much takes care of those issues. I think the other issues go beyond the football field.”
Hard to imagine Haynesworth staying with the Redskins. We’ve already talked about potential landing spots for Haynesworth. But at this point, there seems to be more people taking swings than suitors.