MORE TROUBLE FOR HAYNESWORTH

When it comes to the presumed status of Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth as the king of the 2009 free-agent class, one phrase continues to echo in our brain.
“Caveat emptor.”
Though some might think it’s a magic spell intended to make someone’s fillings fall out, it’s actually for Latin. 
“Buyer beware.”
Haynesworth has a history of antisocial behavior.  Though he hasn’t stepped on anyone’s forehead lately while wearing cleats, it’s now coming to light that Haynesworth got in trouble a couple of months ago.
Per the Tennesseean, authorities cited Haynesworth for careless driving after a December 13 incident involving the star defensive tackle and his 2008 Ferrari.
A witness, Kelly Dean, said that she was driving her car at a clip of 79 miles per hour, and that Haynesworth passed her at a “high rate of speed.”  Haynesworth then attempted to pass another car, and the driver of the other car eventually lost control and crashed.
Though the careless driving charge was dismissed on Thursday, Maria Giordano of the Tennessean explains that prosecutors could claim that Haynesworth’s actions constituted a violation of a probation order imposed against him only four days earlier.
Let’s think about that for a second.  On December 9, Haynesworth was fined $1,000 and placed on 30 days’ probation for driving in excess of 100 miles per hour in March 2008.  Only four days later, Haynesworth was playing real-life Need For Speed all over again. 
This time around, he caused an accident while doing so.
Regardless of whether Haynesworth avoids any significant consquences for his most recent actions, we’re going to be prepared to point our fingers and laugh our asses off when Haynesworth does something illegal or stupid or both after some team gives him that $100 million-plus contract he thinks he’s going to get.
Our money is on the Lions being the ones to blow their money — unless they convince him to take a bunch of shares of Ford stock instead.

20 responses to “MORE TROUBLE FOR HAYNESWORTH

  1. You’re right to call “caveat emptor” on Haynesworth, but I dont think its for the reasons you cite. If you locked up every NFL player that drove his sports car like a maniac, there wouldnt be a league.
    No, Haynesworth’s problem will be that when he signs a mack-daddy contract, hes going to devote all his energy to twinkies, xbox and sleep. Watch and see if this guy doesnt report to camp next season weighing like 485lbs.

  2. As a Dallas fan, I can only hope Turd Owens doesn’t get wind of this as he may fall in Ray Ray Love with this turd and try and talk Uncle Jerry into bringing him to Dallas…

  3. I think its funny that this kind of thing comes out right as this guy is about to get paid big bucks. He’s a great player regardless of his careless driving. This sounds like Titans propaganda to me

  4. I love the fishbowl these pro athletes live in. They’re freaks for everyone to look and point at. Here’s my take on Haynesworth. He’s a young, pro athlete whose violence is encouraged if not flat out conditioned. And he is susceptible to all the character issues that happen to young men who are recipients of great wealth at a young age for being essentially modern day gladiators. Yeah, so he’s immature. And he needs to chill that out before someone gets hurt. No disagreement here. He’s also just like almost every other pro football player who are supposed to be aggressive on the field (obviously qb’s are excluded here). He clearly needs some sort of check before he goes and pulls a pacman, but he’s not pacman. He’s just a football player. Let’s leave it at that. He’ll get paid well, albeit there will probably a few more conditions of employment. Last time I checked RayRay was still one of the highest paid players. So what’s the difference?

  5. Albert seems to be setting himself up to be a Raider or Cowboy with these off field antics. Maybe he thinks he’s still in college except with more money and no studies to take up his off field time?
    Here’s hoping he doesn’t come to Tampa Bay – the old coach who liked to harbor all of those bad character players is no longer at the helm of the pirate ship.
    Only 4 days after being put on probation – sounds like the judge needs to take the keys to the 2008 Ferrari for a while. Big Al is going to be rich enough to afford a chauffeur when he lands in Mo-Town.

  6. So what – the guy stepped on someone’s face. Jarrko Ruutu (NHL) bit a player and he’s still player.
    Alright, bad example.
    I’d be more concerned about Haynesworth’s laziness. He hasn’t performed well in non-contract years.

  7. Was the Ford stock line kicd of a low blow? Nothing like kicking them while they are down… Sounds like something Vox would say.

  8. I am tired of people saying the behavior is just conditioned and they are immature.
    So grow the eff up and start to realize that your status does make you a role model whether you like it or not. If you want to act like a clown, find another occupation. Why can’t there be more players like Warrick Dunn?

  9. Jason Cole thinks reckless driving is just part of what it takes to be a truly great defensive lineman in the NFL. Also that stomping someone’s head shows the right mindset for what it takes to be the best. He wrote an article about it.

  10. Mike D said what I was going to.
    Please, Tampa Bay: do NOT sign this guy. he is Sean Gilbert or Dana Stubblefield all over again. Once he gets his money, he’s not going to produce sh-t.

  11. VonClausewitz wrote:
    “He’s a young, pro athlete whose violence is encouraged if not flat out conditioned. And he is susceptible to all the character issues that happen to young men who are recipients of great wealth at a young age for being essentially modern day gladiators. Yeah, so he’s immature. And he needs to chill that out before someone gets hurt. No disagreement here. He’s also just like almost every other pro football player who are supposed to be aggressive on the field (obviously qb’s are excluded here).”
    Your comment sounds like you’re making a lame excuse for coddled pro athletes. Why don’t we see young GI Joes and Janes out on our streets exhibiting the same type of behavior? Joe and Jane “are supposed to be aggressive on the – battle – field” too, so how come they can manage to stay out of trouble when they return from the war zones after 15 consecutive months of being constantly much more aggressive on the battle field that Big Al will ever show in 1/2 a season?
    The answer is easy – our soldiers are taught accountability and they don’t have millions of dollars at their disposal.
    Big Al chose to drive his car in that manner which he knew to be wrong, he needs to man up and take responsibility for his actions, stop doing stupid things to get in trouble and add a few more “push aways” from the dinner table.

  12. the driver involved in the accident later stated he crashed as he tried to figure out how they got haynesworth’s fat ass in that little car

  13. i’d be more concerned about haynesworth and how many plays he actually plays during a game. everytime i watch this guy play i see him coming out series after series sucking wind. i understand that you rotate your players, but this guy is always huffing and puffing out on the sideline, this was the problem with shaun rogers in detroit that finally pushed them to trade him. he was first down and to the oxygen tank.
    anybody have any way of finding how many plays jenkins, haynesworth and rogers were on the field for throughout the year? i’d love to see those numbers and compare. any help would be much appreciated!

  14. “the driver involved in the accident later stated he crashed as he tried to figure out how they got haynesworth’s fat ass in that little car”
    Damn, someone beat me to it. How DID Haynesworth fit into a Ferrari anyway? Sure it wasn’t a HUMMERARI?

  15. julius peppers deserves more money than this dude. you gotta have some balls to come out nd say you “wanna be the highest paid defensive player”. not that hes any slouch, but he aint a diamond among rocks, ill tell ya that much.

  16. Fanball58 says:
    February 12th, 2009 at 2:00 pm
    Your comment sounds like you’re making a lame excuse for coddled pro athletes. Why don’t we see young GI Joes and Janes out on our streets exhibiting the same type of behavior? Joe and Jane “are supposed to be aggressive on the – battle – field” too, so how come they can manage to stay out of trouble when they return from the war zones after 15 consecutive months of being constantly much more aggressive on the battle field that Big Al will ever show in 1/2 a season?
    The answer is easy – our soldiers are taught accountability and they don’t have millions of dollars at their disposal.
    Big Al chose to drive his car in that manner which he knew to be wrong, he needs to man up and take responsibility for his actions, stop doing stupid things to get in trouble and add a few more “push aways” from the dinner table.
    ———————-
    Would it sound less lame if I made some pow-pow bang-bang sounds or swore a bit more in my sentences? Hey I’m not excusing Al’s wackiness. I’m just pointing out the obvious. The guy’s young, rich, immature and has a fast car, like lots of other players. Guys like that speed and get in accidents. It’s not like it’s out of the ordinary.
    Re: your reference to vets. Ya you may want to look into that. Vets are well over-represented in the prison system, and have been for about forever. Not that this should be a surprise. PTSD does all sorts of crappy things that can bubble over into your ability to function in society. It ain’t about values man, it’s about psychology.

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