Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth was inactive for Sunday’s game after struggling through what was described as an “illness” last week. On Monday, rumors began to circulate that Haynesworth’s illness was actually a hangover. And Haynesworth is furious about that.
“I believe there’s some kind of haters in the organization, that they don’t like me,” Haynesworth said on 106.7 The Fan. “I don’t know if it’s players, I don’t know if it’s coaches, I don’t know who it is. Obviously somebody who doesn’t like me, which is fine. But when you go out there and start making up lies, then, yeah, I’ve got something to say.”
Haynesworth denied a Comcast SportsNet report that Haynesworth went out late Thursday and appeared hung over Friday.
“Yeah, I went out on Thursday but left early because I wasn’t feeling good and went home,” Haynesworth said. “And then they want to sit here and say I was hung over and drunk and something like that? … For these people to make up lies to try to make me look bad, it’s ridiculous.”
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has declined to answer questions about the latest Haynesworth controversy until he talks to Haynesworth first. That meeting won’t take place today, because Haynesworth isn’t going to the team facility on his day off.
“I’m not going into the office tomorrow,” Haynesworth said Monday. “I’m still heated over this. I just got sick of it.”
That’s the one thing Haynesworth and Shanahan have in common: They’re sick of each other.