What does seven years and $100 million get a person? That amount of money will create happiness, security, and a comfortable life for most of the known world. If you are Albert Haynesworth, you are a “slave”. There are some small businesses which will never see $21 million over the next year, so why would one of the league’s premier young defensive linemen speak so negatively?
First one must understand the real Albert Haynesworth. From his early high school days, Albert Haynesworth was thought of as a top prospect. He was voted the number 14 prospect in the country. Highly recruited by the University of Tennessee, Albert Haynesworth became an instant success. Upon finishing his career, Albert Haynesworth finished with All-American honors in 1999 and a Second Team All-American nod in his junior year.
Now comes NFL draft day in 2002. In a draft class heavy on talented defensive linemen, Albert Haynesworth went to the Tennessee Titans as the 15th overall pick.
Only after a short career in Tennessee, Albert Haynesworth was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2007. He repeated the honor the following season. Albert Haynesworth also was selected to the All-Pro team for the same years. Unfortunately, those were the brightest days of his tumultuous career.
Several on field incidents involving Albert Haynesworth shadowed what should have been a great career. There was the infamous incident involving the Dallas Cowboys. Albert Haynesworth removed another player’s helmet and attempted to stomp him on the head. The incident eventually caused Albert Haynesworth to be ejected from the game. Players from around the league called foul and said he should have been suspended for the remainder of the season.
The other incident involving Albert Haynesworth happened in 2007. During the first game of the year, Albert Haynesworth slammed another player to the ground after a play was completed.
After not resigning with the Tennessee Titans, Albert Haynesworth signed with the Washington Redskins. With big paychecks come big problems. The big payday did nothing for the negative antics displayed by Albert Haynesworth. Negative press and penalties followed the lineman. There were the arrest warrants from 2006, the defaulted loan claim from 2010, and a pending paternity suit from 2010.
Now enter another year in Washington and more problems loom. The star lineman now has a new coach with a plan to turn a storied franchise around. The problem is Albert Haynesworth doesn’t want anything to do with the changes. The new coach, Mike Shanahan, wanted to change the defensive structure to a 3-4. This would force Albert Haynesworth to basically change positions.
Albert Haynesworth balked and sat out mini-camp. The voluntary team workouts were missed by Albert Haynesworth as well. He wanted to get traded, but his wish was not granted. What did happen was Albert Haynesworth was on the brink of being sued. The Redskins wanted to sue him for the $21 million since he did not want to perform according to his contract.
Albert Haynesworth finally played after not starting the entire preseason. Finally the straw which broke the camel’s back was when Albert Haynesworth was quoted as saying “I mean, I’m not for sale. Yeah, I signed the contract and got paid a lot of money, but… that don’t mean I’m for sale or a slave or whatever.”
The remarks stemmed from Albert Haynesworth’s new position. His remarks are both astonishing and disrespectful to the millions who died enslaved. As someone who makes $21 million per year, is he really a slave?