The relationship between Mike Shanahan and Albert Haynesworth was doomed from the beginning, so it should come as no surprise that it has finally, irretrievably ended. The Washington Redskins announced on Tuesday that their unhappy star has been suspended for the final four games of the season.
According to tweets dispatched by Rick Maese of the Washington Post, general manager Bruce Allen informed Haynesworth of his suspension and listed his violations as a refusal to play in the team’s base 3-4 defense or on first- or second-down nickel packages as well as a refusal to follow instructions in practices or in games.
In a statement, Shanahan, the Redskins head coach, said: “Despite the club's numerous attempts to persuade Albert Haynesworth to abide by the terms of his contract he has repeatedly refused to cooperate with our coaching staff in a variety of ways over an extended period of time.”
Shanahan also said, "Although suspending any player is not a decision that a head coach enters into lightly, I believe the situation has reached the point where the club clearly has no alternative."
Maese reported that Haynesworth told Allen he would no longer speak to Shanahan, according to the team’s news release. That might have been the last straw, if the Redskins even needed one.
We already know that Haynesworth no longer has the support of his teammates. On Monday, teammate Phillip Daniels made it clear he was fed up with Haynesworth, who skipped offseason workouts, needed 10 days to pass a required conditioning test and missed at least one practice last week because he was sick, all while being paid on a $100-million contract.
“I've been through 15 seasons and I ain't won (anything),” Daniels said. “So what I'm saying is, if I can come out here and do this, don't tell me that you can't do it. I want every guy on this team to do well. I want you to realize that if you ain't all in, you don't need to be here.”