Haynesworth pleads no contest to simple assault

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Haynesworth pleads no contest to simple assault

By Phil Perry
CSNNE.com

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.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

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Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass.