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Haynesworth will fight suspension

Albert Haynesworth

Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth watches drills at the NFL football team’s training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Tuesday, Aug., 10, 2010.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


Agent Chad Speck has issued a statement regarding the four-game suspension imposed on his client, Albert Haynesworth, by the Washington Redskins.

“I have reviewed the Notice of Suspension letter sent to Albert by Bruce Allen as well as the comments made by Coach Shanahan,” Speck said. “Albert and I have discussed the claims made in the Notice of Suspension and we disagree with the Redskins’ decision. He was surprised by the suspension, the maximum permitted under the CBA, and will certainly appeal it.

“The accusations made by Coach Shanahan and Bruce Allen are vague and without merit. Since training camp began, today’s notice was the first that Albert received informing him that his conduct was not consistent with the ‘terms of his contract’ as Coach Shanahan claims. Bruce confirmed to me today, that there have been no other letters or formal notices of any kind sent to Albert during the regular season suggesting that he was engaging in conduct detrimental to the team. We will begin the appeal process immediately and expect the facts to come to light during arbitration. Albert has repeatedly asked for a bigger role in the defense -- he simply wants to play and maximize his contribution to the team. It is unfortunate that he has not been utilized more, as the Redskins defense causes more turnovers and gives up fewer total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, first downs, third down conversions and points when Albert plays in the game.”

If Haynesworth has received no written warnings, it could be difficult for the Redskins to make the suspension stick.

Then again, the Redskins may not care. It’s highly unlikely that the grievance will be resolved before the end of the season, which means that, at worst, the Redskins will owe Haynesworth four more game checks of $211,764. Given the money he’s already pocketed, what’s another $847,000?