Looking at Haynesworth's lengthy rap sheet

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Looking at Haynesworth's lengthy rap sheet

By Phil Perry
CSNNE.com

Earlier this summer, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett confirmed what everyone had already heard: Albert Haynesworth can be a real pain in the locker room, the meeting room, etc.

"He can do almost anything he wants. He doesnt want to do anything. To me thats the issue, Haslett told 101 ESPN Radio in St. Louis. Hes one of those guys you walk in a meeting and you tell him, Put down the phone. The next day you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day, you tell him to put down the phone.

You tell him, Dont read the newspaper in meetings. The next day you have to tell him the same thing. It doesnt stick; its an every-day thing.

If only those were the worst of Haynesworth's problems.

The irritable defensive tackle has a propensity for breaking the law, almost breaking the law, and being accused of breaking the law. He has racked up a significant rap sheet ever since his college days at Tennessee. Here's a list of his most infamous indiscretions, including the one that put his volatile personality on the map: the stomp heard 'round the NFL.

At the University of Tennessee in November 2000, Haynesworth, a sophomore, got mad at Volunteers offensive tackle Will Ofenheusle. Haynesworth left the practice field and returned with what multiple reports described as a "long pole," but Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer intervened.

In training camp of 2003, Haynesworth started a team brawl by kicking Titans center Justin Hartwig. Then, in December 2003, Titans coach Jeff Fisher deactivated Haynesworth for one game after Haynesworth hit Matt Martin in the back of the head during an argument.

In June of 2006, a judge dismissed reckless endangerment charges against Haynesworth after a motorist alleged Haynesworth tried to run her off Interstate 40 in Tennessee. Haynesworth said he was the one who had been the victim of road rage.

Then came the stomp. Looking back at the video, it appears as though Haynesworth actually missed when he first tried to step on Andre Gurode's face during a game in October 2006. Haynesworth went back to make sure the second landed flush, and it did. He opened a gash on Gurode's face that need 30 stitches to sew up. He was slapped with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which was followed by a second 15-yard penalty and an ejection after he removed his helmet to curse out the official.

Haynesworth was apologetic after the incident.

"What I did out there was disgusting," he said. "It doesn't matter what the league does to me. The way I feel right now, you just can't describe it."

He was suspended by the NFL for five games without pay.

In December of 2008, Haynesworth caused an accident driving over 100 mph in his Ferrari and left a man seriously injured. The man needed hip replacement surgery after the accident and it was alleged he could not move without a walker or a wheelchair.

Haynesworth showed the Redskins last season that even when he's not being gratuitously violent on the field, or breaking the law, he can still kill your team. He boycotted mandatory minicamp, then needed ten tries to pass a conditioning test to get on the field. He refused to play in the Redskins base defense and was suspended for the final four games of last season by coach Mike Shannahan.

In February, he was accused of punching a man in the nose during an alleged case of road rage. He paid the accuser to settle the case.

This spring he was indicted on sexual assault charges after allegedly fondling a waitress while paying his bill at the W Hotel in Washington, DC. His attorney has accused the waitress of trying to make a cash grab. Haynesworth rejected a plea offer in May. He told investigators the waitress was upset because he is not attracted to black women. If convicted, he faces up 180 days in jail and a fine of 1,000. The trial is set to begin August 2.

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

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Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.

Ravens safety Weddle was interested in joining Patriots before landing in Baltimore

Ravens safety Weddle was interested in joining Patriots before landing in Baltimore

FOXBORO – Back in March, Eric Weddle batted his eyes longingly at the Patriots. The two-time All-Pro safety’s time was done with the Chargers and he wanted to spend his NFL autumn with a team that had a chance to win it all. 

He didn’t land in New England, but he didn’t too badly, winding up with the usually competitive Ravens.  

On a Thursday conference call with New England media, Weddle confirmed that there was mutual interest expressed. 

“Obviously, I was interested,” he acknowledged. “I have nothing but high regard, respect and admiration – and envy, quite honestly – of the success of the New England Patriots over the years. Obviously, battling them in my career, it’s always been a great game. I love the way they play, love the foundation, love everything about it. It was definitely on my radar. There were talks both ways, it just didn’t end up [working out].”

The numbers massed at the position with Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon played a role in the two sides not being able to reach accord, according to Weddle. 

“I’m good buddies with Patrick Chung,” he said. “I grew up playing with him and Devin [McCourty] is one of the best to play, so I don’t know if it would have worked out personnel-wise. But obviously, I could have seen myself fitting in there seamlessly.”

Weddle’s New England attraction apparently wasn’t love that bloomed late in his career. Toward the end of his conference call, Weddle said, “I’m still wondering why they just didn’t draft me in ’07; I could have been still playing there now.”

As reporters puzzled for a moment trying to recall the 2007 first-rounder, Weddle chipped in with the answer: “[They took] Brandon Meriweather.”