The league suffered a blow on Sunday when one of its players not only committed a flagrant penalty, but committed a criminal act. Such is the case with Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who stepped on the face of Cowboys center Andre Gurode’s face, costing him 30 stiches after a Cowboys TD. The act was such that it has been haded down that Haynesworth is gone for 5 games, but the lingering act could basically cost him his career. This was an act that should have cost him the rest of the season, and if the league was unwilling to remove him from the rest of his teams games, then head coach Jeff Fisher should take the bull by the horns and suspend the criminal for the remainder of the year.
Make no mistake, Haynesworth is a criminal. He should be tried in a court, and a severe punishment should be levied against him. If a citizen does the act that Haynesworth committed on the street against another person, its called assault, and that person is subject to the law. Monday Groude’s lawyer said that his client may in fact look to press charges against Haynesworth. “What I’d like to say is that I’m very sorry,” Haynesworth said. “I apologize to Andre. What I did was disgusting. It’s something that should never happen. I mean I’m not a dirty player. I don’t play dirty. I have respect for the game.
“What I feel like is I disgraced the game, disgraced my team and disgraced my last name. :When I was sitting here in the locker room when the game was going on, I was looking at my phone, which has my kids on it. I don’t want them to have my last name and to think their dad as a dirty player, because I don’t play that way. : What I did was disgusting. It doesn’t matter what the league does to me.”
Of course the criminal also went on to say his act was “out of character.” Excuse me?! Out of character?! Let’s take a quick look at what Haynesworth has pulled off in the last few years:
* As a sophomore at Tennessee, he fought with a teammate and left practice, returning with a long pole looking for tackle Will Ofenheusle before coach Phillip Fulmer stopped him. He was suspended for a quarter of a game.
* In training camp during his second season, he kicked offensive lineman Justin Hartwig in the chest during a line drill.
* In May of 2006, surrendered to authorities to face a charge of reckless endangerment after another motorist complained he tried to run a car off the highway with his large truck.
Again, “out of character?” I think not. Haynesworth is what is wrong with the game today. He and guys like Odell Thurman, Chris Henry, Lenoard Little, Randy Moss, Ray Lewis and many others should not have a chance and the privlage to play the game.
A message albeit one that in my opinion is not enough, has been sent to Haynesworth. He must be held accountable for his acts, but with what could be coming his way in terms of the law, his troubles may just be starting.