Albert Haynesworth Claims Contract With Redskins Makes Him a Slave

Bleacher ReportContributor ISeptember 26, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins in action during preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 20-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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In 2009, Albert Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins.  In his first season, his team went (4-12), and they fired their previous head coach Jim Zorn.  

They then had to find yet another coach for the 2010 season; however, they were able to sign the high caliber coach, Mike Shanahan.  Soon after the signing of Shanahan, Haynesworth was giving a $21 million bonus, after he was given the option to part ways with the organization.

Mike Shanahan brought along a 3-4 defense, and he was hoping that Albert Haynesworth would be his nose tackle.  This did not sit will with him, which led to him corrupting the whole offseason. Haynesworth would sit out mini camp and all of the team's voluntary workouts hoping that his team would trade him away.  

He would not get his wish to be traded, which lead to more ugly and irrational use of words towards the Redskins' organization.  This type of antic went back and forth between him and the organization, with his teammates joining in occasionally.

The organization threatened to sue for his $21 million bonus, if he refused to show up for training camp.  In regard to their threat, he begrudgingly showed his face at the teams training camp.

At training camp, he was given the duty to pass the team's conditioning test that he missed from mini camp, if he wanted to practice with the team.  This drill consists of 300 yards of sprinting in 25-yard increments.  He would have to do this twice with a three-minute break in between the two runs.  He needed to finish in 70 seconds for the first run and 73 seconds for his second.

It took him 10 days to pass the test that all his fellow lineman passed months prior.  Many retired players and sports writers took the same conditioning test, a good majority of them managed to pass; finally, he was able to practice.

The rest of training camp was relatively quiet.  Aside from his injuries, missing practices, and rarely finding himself given reps with the first team defense.  Albert even said that he was starting to like the 3-4 defense.

Now came the preseason.  

Shanahan ,still not happy with his "superstar," did not start him at all during the preseason.  This of course enraged the out of shape lineman, and the battle continued.  Haynesworth complained that the team underestimated his injury when they played him in the second half of their third pre-season game.  

The regular season was finally here and the battle was assumed to be completed.  The first two weeks of the season went by without a word; however, it was only a matter of time before the "superstar" would open that glorious mouth of his.

On September 26, 2010, Haynesworth was quoted saying, "I mean, I'm not for sale. Yeah, I signed the contract and got paid a lot of money, but... that don't mean I'm for sale or a slave or whatever."   

The comments came from his frustration of playing a new position.  Frustration makes you say what is truly on your mind, and to compare himself to a slave is disrespectful, and shows how uneducated of a person he's turned out to be.

The definition of slave is "a person who is the property of and wholly subject to another." (

Albert Haynesworth showed all summer that he is, in fact, not the property of the Washington Redskins. He was given the opportunity to speak his mind and not show up for work.  A real slave has neither of those perks.  Also no slave was ever paid more than the President.  

Comparing himself to his ancestors was nothing but disrespectful.  He has never been whipped by the organization or forced to work all day in the burning sun.   He is given absolutely everything his ancestors dreamed for.  

The very fact that he has a contract, that pays him money, makes his statement incorrect.  He is not a slave.