Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has resolved one of his last remaining legal entanglements in Tennessee, pleading no contest to reckless driving charges arising from a December 13 incident that left a 25-year-old man seriously injured.
Haynesworth has been placed on probation for three months. He also is required to perform 25 hours of community service, attend driving school, and make a charitable contribution of $5,000.
(Given that $100 million contract Haynesworth signed earlier this year, his fine is roughly the equivalent of the average person losing pocket change in an oversized sofa.)
Haynesworth should be feeling very grateful about the outcome. The offense occurred while he was on probation for speeding, but he wasn’t thrown in jail for violating the terms of his probation because prosecutors didn’t find out about the latest incident until it was too late.
Meanwhile, Haynesworth still faces a civil lawsuit for the injuries suffered by the man who crashed into a concrete median as Haynesworth tried to pass him at a high rate of speed.
We have feeling that the settlement or verdict will entail payment of an amount significantly greater than $5,000.