Trouble follows

July 29, 2011

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Albert Haynesworth has been a lightning rod for controversy and confrontation on and off the field:

■As a sophomore at Tennessee, he fights with teammate Will Ofenheusle and leaves practice, only to return later with a pole looking for Ofenheusle. He is stopped by coach Phillip Fulmer and suspended for a half-game.

■In his rookie season with the Titans, he fights with teammates during back-to-back practices.

■He sparks a brawl at practice by kicking center Justin Hartwig in the chest, and is fined by coach Jeff Fisher. The next day, he fights with teammate Matt Martin and has a verbal exchange with Fisher. He is deactivated for the season finale but plays in the playoff game vs. Ravens.

■He skips the team’s offseason workouts, including its voluntary workout program, and a minicamp in May.

■Late hit on Raiders QB Kerry Collins costs him $5,000.

■He is suspended five games by the NFL for kicking Cowboys center Andre Gurode’s helmet off, and a second kick opens a gash over Gurode’s right eye that requires 30 stitches. The discipline is the longest in modern league history for an in-game incident.

■He is charged with reckless endangerment after being accused of trying to run a car off the road. Charges are later dropped.

■He is fined $5,000 after slamming Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew to the ground in the season opener (he was called for unnecessary roughness on the play).

■He goes before a grand jury after being clocked going more than 100 miles per hour in a 70-m.p.h. zone.

■He is fined $5,000 for an unnecessary hit on Chargers QB Philip Rivers in a playoff game. The hit fuels a drive that puts San Diego ahead for good.


■He is indicted on two misdemeanor traffic charges from an accident in Tennessee that left a driver in another car partially paralyzed. Police allege Haynesworth was driving his Ferrari more than 100 m.p.h. when he collided with another car.

■He is sued by Clayton Bank & Trust for allegedly failing to make payment on a $2.38 million commercial loan.

■He shows up for preseason practices out of shape after complaining about playing nose tackle in the Redskins’ 3-4 defense. Coach Mike Shanahan prohibits him from practicing until he passes a fitness test. It takes several weeks to pass the test and Haynesworth has no impact on the Washington defense. He is suspended for the final four games of the season for conduct detrimental to the team.

■He is sued for $10 million by a New York stripper who claims he fathered her child and he refuses to pay child support.

■He is accused of punching a man in the face after a traffic altercation. He reaches an out-of-court settlement with the alleged victim.

■He is indicted for sexual assault after allegedly fondling a waitress at a Washington hotel. His trial is set to begin Aug. 23.

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