Haynesworth pleads no contest to simple assault


Haynesworth pleads no contest to simple assault

By Phil Perry

According to NBC 7 in Washington D.C., Albert Haynesworth pleaded "no contest" to simple assault for an incident that occurred at the Washington, D.C. W Hotel earlier this year.

As part of the plea agreement, Haynesworth has been ordered to serve 160 hours of community service. If he completes the community service and stays out of trouble for 18 months, prosecutors have agreed to drop the charges against Haynesworth.

Haynesworth has also agreed to an alcohol abuse assessment and psychological assessment as part of the plea deal, according to the Washington Post.

Haynesworth was in court Monday before the beginning of his originally-scheduled trial, which was set to start Tuesday at the District of Columbia Superior Court. If he had been convicted of the misdemeanor sex abuse charge for allegedly fondling a W Hotel waitress, he could have served a maximum of six months in prison.

The unidentified waitress says that Haynesworth fondled her breast while slipping his a credit card into her bra to pay for his tab during a Feb. 13 party.

Haynesworth twice said "Go Patriots" as he entered D.C. Superior Court on Monday. Here's video of his arrival.

ESPN is reporting that Roger Goodell will not pursue further disciplinary action against Haynesworth.

Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'


Belichick: Patriots have caught up after starting offseason 'five weeks behind'

FOXBORO -- After starting the offseason "five weeks behind," as Bill Belichick put it, the Patriots have caught up. 

"I think we’re probably caught up to where we are now," he said before Thursday's OTA practice at Gillette Stadium. "I think it’s being behind in draft, free agency and that type of thing.

"I think at this point, we’re ready for OTAs. We’ll be ready for training camp. I think that part of it we’ll be on schedule on. It’s the catching up on all the spring projects, draft and free agency. It’s the initial part of it."

Belichick made headlines on the morning after winning his fifth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots when he said, "As of today, and as great as today feels and as great as today is, in all honesty we're five weeks behind in the 2017 season to most teams in the league. Fortunately we have a great personnel staff

"Look, in a couple weeks we're going to be looking at the combine, obviously the draft, all-star games have already occurred, and in a month we're into free agency, not to mention all the internal Patriots players (whose) contracts are up and we're going to have to work with in some form or fashion like every team in the league does."

Leaning on evaluations of players that began in the build-up to previous drafts, Belichick and his staff opted to trade away some of this year's draft capital for veterans like Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy and Dwayne Allen. They also gave up their fifth-rounder to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

Before heading out to the team's third practice of the week -- the first week the Patriots were allowed to introduce helmets and run offense versus defense periods -- Belichick said that part of his focus will be spent on finding out how those players he picked up this offseason are progressing.

"Yeah, that’s definitely part of it," he said. "Seeing the new players, how they’re doing and also how they’re doing relevant to the rest of the other players that I’m a little more familiar with. Again, each year is a new year, so even though we’ve seen some of these guys multiple years, it’s still starting all over again, seeing where they are, how they’re progressing in their training and preparation for the season."