Oh sure…..he’s big, he’s a heck of a defensive lineman and he’s certainly a force to be reckoned with on the football field, but Big Al Haynesworth is an equal amount of trouble, on and off the field, and I’m really surprised the New England Patriots decided to reward this poster child for bad behavior with a multi-million dollar contract. Joan Vennochi in the Boston Globe (8/2/11) suggests the move is a bit of an insult to the memory of Myra Kraft, who Vennochi suggests was the “moral compass” for the Patriot’s organization. Could be….God knows Mrs. Kraft was the epitome of character, integrity and respect…..which clearly fat Albert is not, but I doubt it was Myra Kraft who made the decisions on players contracted to play for the Pats.
It’s professional football….it’s rough and tumble….it’s money in a sport that has more than it’s share of thugs. By “thugs” I mean, players who would be stickin’ up Seven-11’s if they couldn’t play football and this guy, as I suggested earlier, is the poster child for bad behavior. I don’t have enough space here to print out his entire rap-sheet, but just for chuckles, start with his maiming Andre Gurode by kicking an opening for 30-stitches in Gurode’s head during a game in Dallas, to say nothing of multiple apparent violations of the law “off” the field, including a pending sexual assault trial up-coming. In the midst of all this, he signs a 7-year, 100-million dollar…..Yes, $100,000,000 contract with the Redskins but ate too many donuts to be able to pass the physical.
This “mound of ice cream and hot dogs” as one columnist named him holds the record for receiving the longest suspension from the game in NFL history and he’s now a Patriot. “Well shut the front door!!!!”