In the immediate fallout after Albert Haynesworth requested a trade and decided not to attend mandatory minicamp, we began to wonder what impact that decision would have inside the Redskins’ locker room.
We didn’t have to wait long, and the opinions (at least the vocal ones) were one-sided.
The word “selfish” was used on the record by veteran team leader London Fletcher. On the outside, former Redskin Joe Theismann used “classless” and “selfish,” Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett said if he was a teammate that he’d want to be traded, and Kevin Mawae said none of it is a surprise to Haynesworth’s former Titans teammates.
You get the idea. The buzz led NFL Network analyst Charles Davis to suggest that Haynesworth had lost his internal support.
Well, the issue is still simmering, and the latest is from a current teammate — fellow defensive lineman Andre Carter — who told fan blog thehogs.net that Haynesworth must prove he’s about the Redskins first and himself second. Carter indicated that any reconciliation that takes place will start when Haynesworth leaves the “BS at the door.”
“I haven’t experienced a player prioritizing his position on the field over working with the game,” Carter said. “It’s disappointing because Albert could fit in this scheme. All we can say is we wish him the best and we will see what happens in a month. He made his statement that he didn’t want to play in this scheme, and we are not going to force him to play. He’s a grown man. We have moved forward.”
Added Carter: “I can’t really speak on [behalf of] Albert. We have moved on as a team. If he shows up, he has to prove to us he is back for the organization and not all about him.
“He would have to leave the BS at the door. Negativity around positive and optimistic people won’t work. He will need to work hard and prove himself by showing that he’s trustworthy and reliable in the scheme and as a teammate.”