The Heinous Mr. Haynesworth

Most people who get paid to go to work show up. Most people who are told by their boss that they plan to adjust the management and operation systems typically adjust their work style. It is part of being what people love to call on their resumes a ‘team player’ and after all they have been told by their employer to do so. However, this is not the case with professional football player, Albert Haynesworth of the Washington Redskins.

Haynesworth has decided to skip attending the Redskins mandatory minicamp citing that he doesn’t agree with the new defensive strategy the team intends to run this season. Mr. Haynesworth your behavior lacks both substance and style. His actions are a let down to his teammates and the fans of the Redskins. Truly, this athlete is not a role model.

In April of this year Haynesworth got a $21,000,000 bonus check  – yes, which is on top of his salary. And the fact that puts all of this in perspective and should deeply trouble every Washingtonian and every Redskin fan is that his bonus is $1,000,000 more than what will be spent by the District of Columbia to finance the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The SYEP is a seven week employment and training program that allows nearly 20,000 District youth, ages 14 to 21, with an opportunity to work. The budget for the program this year is $20,000,000.

A star athlete from a local sports team refusing to show up for work after receiving a  bonus check for practically the same amount of money as it costs the city to try to teach and instill in its young people the value of working, earning an honest living and staying out of trouble is quite ironic. Or maybe it is just sad.


One Response to “The Heinous Mr. Haynesworth”

  1. This is a stupida@@ comment! He is a professionally paid athlete under contract who is choosing to exercise his options under that contract. He was due the $21,000,000 on April 1. It was not subject to him showing up for mini-camp in June. It was contractually agreed to last year when he signed his $100,000,000 contract. His not wanting to work for the Deadskins is his option. Their option is to trade or release him if he doesn’t want to work for them. If they don’t want to trade him or release him, then their option is to pay the remaining $52,000,000 he is owed. This is all just business….and if you for one second think that if the shoe was on the other foot and the Deadskins could release a player they no longer wanted to work for them and save $21,000,000 that they wouldn’t do it in a heartbeat, you are a fool, in addition to being a stupida@@!

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