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London Fletcher: Albert Haynesworth is 'selfish'

With rain falling fast, the Redskins left the field after less than 30 minutes of practice on Wednesday. Following the abbreviated practice, several players addressed Albert Haynesworth's absence, and perhaps none was as outspoken as linebacker London Fletcher, who called Haynesworth "selfish" and said the highly-compensated defensive tackle "can't be depended upon."

Fletcher is the unquestioned leader of the unit, and when he speaks, it's usually worth listening to. He didn't hold anything back when discussing Haynesworth and the defensive tackle's decision to skip the mandatory minicamp.

"I agree with the assessment that Albert has made a very selfish decision. When you play a team sport, you have to look at it and think about everybody involved in the situation. This is not golf, tennis, things like that where it's an all-about-you sport. What he's decided to do is make a decision based all about him. It's no different than his attitude and his approach to last year's defense, about wanting everything to revolve around him and him making plays. And if it didn't benefit him, he wasn't really willing to do it."

Asked if the locker room could embrace Haynesworth should he return, Fletcher said:

"Obviously, he's under contract with the Washington Redskins. From a business standpoint, I don't see them giving him $32 million and trading him or giving him away. He has the option to give the money back if he really doesn't want to be here. He could always give the money back. But once he decided to take money from this organization, he's a Washington Redskin. I say, yeah, he can come back if he shows he's willing to buy into what we're doing, if he's going to be on- board with what we're trying to do. One man is not going to stop what we're trying to accomplish this year. One man is not going to stop what we're going to accomplish this year. We've got big goals set for us this year, high aspirations. Football is going to be played with him or without him. We're going to play some good football.

Obviously, we want him to be a part of it, but he has to stop being selfish."

Fletcher said he wasn't surprised by Haynesworth's decision, given his past actions and attitudes.

"He can say what he wants to say about him not wanting to be here, wanting to be traded, things like that. There's ways he can not be a Redskin. Give the money back; I'm sure they'd take it. We'll move on without him. I want teammates who I can depend on, who I can count on, who in the fourth quarter of a situation, I know is going to be there to make a play or to do his job that the defense calls -- whether it's responsibilities holding up a lineman or penetrating a gap... I need guys I can depend on. We need people we can depend on. At the end of the day, right now, he's shown that he can't be depended upon."


Update: Here's a few more of Fletcher's comments today.

Question: Is it going to be a distraction and stunt the team's progress?
Fletcher: "It's not going to stunt our progress. As I mentioned, we're gonna play good football this year. The guys that are on the football field with us, the 11 men that line up, we're gonna play good football. It's up to the coaching staff to determine who the best 11 guys are to put on that field to put us in position to win football games."

Question: If Haynewsorth showed up, what would you tell him?
Fletcher: "Nothing. I haven't spoken to him up to this point. I saw him down at the Super Bowl in Miami; we had a little brief conversation but nothing major. So I would just expect him to come in, work hard, work like everybody else. It's really not much that needs to be said. This conversation has taken place with the coaching staff with management back in February when Coach Shanahan was first brought aboard. He knew what we were gonna be doing from a defensive standpoint, There's a lot of guys that have played in certain systems throughout their careers, whether it be a 4-3 defense, things like that. So it's a lot of guys making adjustments to a new change, 4-3 defense. A lot of guys put in that situation. Yeah, maybe they may not be ideally suited for it but they're making an effort to do that because they understand the big picture. They understand it's not about an individual, it's about a team. And we're trying to have a true team model here. Last year we had a lot of selfishness that took place and you got 4-12 out of that. This year, we can't have that."

Question: How early last year did you see signs that Albert wasn't happy, etc.?
Fletcher: "I think when he came in, he fit in. Off the field, obviously, he's a good guy. You like him, you can talk to him. He's not standoffish in that way, but it's just some of the things that if it doesn't benefit him - from a football standpoint - he just doesn't get the big picture of things. That's the really disappointing part of all this. When you decide to play a team sport, there's everybody else you have to take in consideration with decisions that you make, and right now he's not taking everybody else into consideration. It's all about him, how he's going to benefit, 'I don't wanna be here,' this, that, and that. You're in the wrong sport."

Question: Is it different if a player misses minicamp over a contractual situation than something like this?
Fletcher: "Yeah, it is. This is a situation that's really hasn't been...basically uncharted waters. Where a guy has gotten their money -- it's not about contract, this is about 'I don't fit the scheme.' Well, you don't know if you fit the scheme because you haven't been here, so until you come here and see if you fit the scheme...if they're gonna pay you what they're gonna pay you to be a 3-4 end or 3-4 nose tackle, come, be the best 3-4 end, 3-4 nose tackle that you can be, and at the end of the day we'll be happy with you."

By Rick Maese  |  June 16, 2010; 11:29 AM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , London Fletcher , Minicamp  
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Comments

Attaboy, Fletch.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 16, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Ouch.

Posted by: sshores1 | June 16, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

LOVE Fletcher. The 3-4 is not ideal for him but has he complained?

Posted by: Lisa_R | June 16, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

nice to see a guy take a position... London is that dude.

Posted by: audiohysteria | June 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Lest we forget, if we're going to be listing Reggie White's considerable gifts, the man was a tremendous public speaker, especially on the topic of intercultural tolerance and sensitivity.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 16, 2010 11:27 AM |

Yes sir.

White created a stir in March 1998 with his comments before the Wisconsin state legislature, invoking racial stereotypes of Latinos, Asians, whites, blacks, and Native Americans. Later, in an interview with ABC's 20/20, White made remarks about gays and lesbians. Subsequently, White became an ally of organizations opposed to homosexuality; he appeared in a newspaper advertising campaign to convince gays and lesbians that they could "cease" their homosexuality. As a result, CBS withdrew a five-year, $6 million contract for being a part of the pregame panel because of his statements calling homosexuality a sin.

Posted by: FourthAndOne | June 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Amen brother Fletch

Posted by: TWISI | June 16, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Amen, Fletch. I dare one of the AH apologists to find something wrong with Fletch's statements.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 16, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Word.

Posted by: 4-12 | June 16, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Well played, Mr Fletcher. Well played.

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 16, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

That's right Fletch. Let him know that come hell or high water he'll still be bent over in front of you.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | June 16, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Nice reminder of who the man is on our defense.

BTW if you want a good laugh, go back and read some of the AH threads from the last few months. Good stuff.

Posted by: mack1 | June 16, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Gotta love these comments from LF. Just wish he had also slammed Snyder for not seeing this from a mile away. Although LF is a standup guy, fans should remember that too much of the money you spend on tickets and Redskins gear goes to Dan Snyder and useless players like Haynesworthless. This franchise is a cold corpse and won't be back until Snyder no longer owns the team.

Posted by: buster5 | June 16, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, FourthAndOne :)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan speaks on Haynesworth
Posted by Mike Florio on June 16, 2010 11:37 AM ET
Though we expect Redskins coach Mike Shanahan to have plenty to say about defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth's decision not to show up for a mandatory minicamp and to openly seek a trade, Shanahan's first volley contains plenty of potency.

Per Matt Terl, the official team blogger, Shanahan said that the team told Haynesworth he could seek a trade until April 1, and that if he accepted the $21 million payment that came due that date he'd be expected to play any position in the team's 3-4 defense.

Apart from the fact that Shanahan's concession highlights that he previously spoke with forked tongue to the media regarding the topic of a possible Haynesworth trade, the coach's comments contain a certain amount of common sense.

Then again, Shanahan's previous declaration that "[t]here has not been one mention about trading Haynesworth or any other player on this football team since I've been here" makes us wonder whether he's also not telling the truth now about what he told Haynesworth regarding the acceptance of the $21 million.

Posted by: TWISI | June 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

You put London Fletchers mental fortitude and work ethic into Alberts body and you may ave the greatest football player of all times.

Posted by: Stu27 | June 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Good for Fletch. Someone needed to tell it like it is. AH give the money back and move on.

Posted by: alaskantuf_99 | June 16, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

That Fat piece of crap! He took his $20 million and ran. Let this be a lesson to these teams to not pay large cash sums to these (fill in the blank). Things I can't say here. They already paid him the money so now fine his ass every day he is not in camp. Then maybe they can get some money back and piss him off.

Posted by: lylefish | June 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I do not like Albert Haynesworth........

Posted by: scollins | June 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

http://blog.redskins.com/2010/06/16/albert-haynesworth-apparently-not-attending-mandatory-sessions/#continued

Decent article from Redskins.com blog regarding "His Fatness's" initial press conference.

I mean, he really walked what he talked, in all seriousness, syke.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | June 16, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

I know it's a repost just thought everyone should read this one.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | June 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

London Fletcher is the best...AH is just like one of fat selfish whiny 9 yr old kids who everyone else hates in the class

Posted by: kickass10101 | June 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

London Fletcher is the best...AH is just like one of those fat selfish whiny 9 yr old kids who everyone else hates in the class

Posted by: kickass10101 | June 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Bravo and Kudos, Its so refreshing to hear some honesty. Way to lay it out Fletch

Posted by: wshrdskins | June 16, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

This is all much ado about nothing. Stompy just wants to miss as much training camp and pre-season as he possibly can. He'll show up in time for the 4th pre-season game and be ready in time for the opener.

BTW: Saint Bret Favre does this every year, though he adds all the "retirement" drama to the process.

Posted by: Hoosierdaddy1 | June 16, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

RedDMV, you didn't mention the biggest difference between Al Davis and Dan Snyder: one guy's franchise has hoisted the Lombardi (multiple times) during his tenure as owner, and the other guy's franchise has not.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 16, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

You put London Fletchers mental fortitude and work ethic into Alberts body and you may ave the greatest football player of all times.

Posted by: Stu27 | June 16, 2010 11:48 AM


Now THAT we can agree on.

It just goes to my point from earlier that it's better to roll with guys who don't necessarily fit the phyical mold but make up for it in work ethic and hustle.

London Fletcher is living proof that you don't need to be a physical specimen to be great. And AH is living proof that if you have talent alone and no work ethic (ANY ethics, at that), you'll never be great.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 16, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

TWISI, PFT just ammended the post you just, um, posted to say that Terl updated his tweet to say that Shanahan would have RELEASED Haynesworth April 1 instead of TRADED. Changes the whole meaning of the post.

And highlights just how badly he doesn't want AH wearing burgundy and gold.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 16, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Da Fletch man......bringin' da hammaaaaa..
Fletcheramaaaaaa.....!

Posted by: Predator48 | June 16, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

This is all much ado about nothing. Stompy just wants to miss as much training camp and pre-season as he possibly can. He'll show up in time for the 4th pre-season game and be ready in time for the opener.

BTW: Saint Bret Favre does this every year, though he adds all the "retirement" drama to the process.

Posted by: Hoosierdaddy1 | June 16, 2010 11:56 AM


You're missing the biggest difference between the two: Favre can run the Vikings' offense in his sleep. AH has never played in a 3-4.

And then there's the fact that Favre has led a team to the Super Bowl and Haynesworth hasn't done jack sh*t...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 16, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"One man is not going to stop what we're trying to accomplish this year. One man is not going to stop what we're going to accomplish this year...Football is going to be played with him or without him. We're going to play some good football."

Well isn't that it in a nutshell? Thoughtful commentary and I agree with all of it except the last sentence!

Posted by: Pepper5 | June 16, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

fletch obviously doesn't get that fat al is the victim here...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | June 16, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

AH value has plummeted from the on and off the field distractions he's brought upon himself. He has taken the money and said nice knowing yah. Sad, just unfortunate. The last and biggest of the bad moves of the Cerrato era must and will come to an end.

Posted by: sthai75 | June 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

You got to love what Fletch just did. What he just said was needed. He is holding every guy, not just Hayns, but every guy acountable with what he just sayed. This is one thing that has been holding the skins back is guys that do not work together.

Hayns is a very condtridictory (don't know if I spelled that right)...I just listend to him from March on Sirus Radio where he said he would do anything they ask him to do. He said he wouldn't be a distraction. Yet, both of those things he has done.

Hayns has been incognito for a minute. I have to think that he is not in the best of shape. His career is on the line. And its no ones fault but Hayns.

Stop Blaming Danny Boi. He just tries to help us win by bringing in players. At least he is willing to pay guys, unlike the Titans or Jets.

When Free Agency starts with Big Names its like Bidding on Ebay. Most time the guy goes to the highest bidder. Its in the players hands afer that. Danny was betrayed.

Posted by: roccoskins | June 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

God I love London Fletcher. Well said.

Posted by: JulzDC | June 16, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

you go london. wow...so glad he's on our team.

?!?! they shortened mini camp because of rain? hopefully, they're just moving it to later today and/or they'll reinstate that 3rd day they removed earlier.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | June 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"Well, you don't know if you fit the scheme because you haven't been here"

and 'Boom' goes the dynamite

Posted by: mattsoundworld | June 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

God I love London Fletcher. Well said.

Posted by: JulzDC | June 16, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

brownwood26:

Good points. However, how much does AH really need to know to fit into the 3-4?.

Coach: Albert, go get the quarterback. If a running back happens to get in the way, you may enjoy him as a light snack.

Posted by: Hoosierdaddy1 | June 16, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Well said London! If I ran the Redskins I would NOT have give Albert Haynesworth a $100 Million Dollars. I would have given it to London Fletcher. London is a "Beast on the Field" and "Great Man in our Community"! We need more Londons and less Albert.

Posted by: CaptnMorgan | June 16, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Thoughtful commentary and I agree with all of it except the last sentence!

Posted by: Pepper5 | June 16, 2010 12:03 PM


Rams fans said the same thing in 1999...you know, when Vermeil said almost verbatim what Fletch said above. Only Vermeil was talking about some undrafted slappy named Kurt Warner after Trent Green went down in the preseason.

Just sayin'...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 16, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

TWISI, PFT just ammended the post you just, um, posted to say that Terl updated his tweet to say that Shanahan would have RELEASED Haynesworth April 1 instead of TRADED. Changes the whole meaning of the post.

And highlights just how badly he doesn't want AH wearing burgundy and gold.

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 16, 2010 12:00 PM

Albert played Shanahan lovely. Straight lied to his face to get his coin. I agree Shanny doesn't want AH, but the problem now is that Danny didn't want to blow $21 million on April 1. Now Shanny and Bruce have to deal with Al or get some of the bonus back for their boss. Yikes.

Posted by: TWISI | June 16, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

You put London Fletchers mental fortitude and work ethic into Alberts body and you may ave the greatest football player of all times.

Posted by: Stu27 | June 16, 2010 11:48 AM

Or a very fat, but hard working linebacker.

Posted by: mack1 | June 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

HOW MANY camps/practices/games/snaps has Fletch missed?

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | June 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Let talk about London Fletcher...now getting him was a rock solid move.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | June 16, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Love me some London Fletcher. His words carry weight and I hope he continues to be vocal about the defense this year. I think he gave more insight into the dysfunction of the defense last year than we've heard elsewhere when he says Haynesworth wanted everything to revolve around him. Then he said there was a lot of selfishness last year. I wonder who would be lumped in with Haynesworth when it comes to free-lancing, tyring to do thier own thing.... Landry? Hall? Rogers?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | June 16, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

how much does AH really need to know to fit into the 3-4?.

Posted by: Hoosierdaddy1 | June 16, 2010 12:11 PM


It's that kind of thinking that has AH a league-wide joke and on his way off his 2nd NFL roster in as many offseasons...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 16, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Fletch, unhinged:

"...Well, you don't know if you fit the scheme because you haven't been here, so until you come here and see if you fit the scheme..."


Indeed, as brownwood and others have pointed out, AH has issues with a defensive change he hasn't even sat in on to consider.

Posted by: MistaMoe | June 16, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

If anyone hasn't noticed, the post has been updated with more commentary.....

Posted by: dlhaze1 | June 16, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Good points. However, how much does AH really need to know to fit into the 3-4?.

Coach: Albert, go get the quarterback. If a running back happens to get in the way, you may enjoy him as a light snack.

Posted by: Hoosierdaddy1 | June 16, 2010 12:11 PM


as a NT sure that applies, but as an end he may have to drop his out of shape belly into coverage. AH would love to just rush the passer and on occasion make a snack out of the RB. But that's probably the reason why he doesn't want to come to camp and now knowing how far behind he is wants to be traded. He's being lazy.

Posted by: sthai75 | June 16, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I disagree. I'd take the hard line and tell him 'you play here or you play nowhere.'

Make him sit out the season and waste his prime if he doesn't want to be here. Not only will that affect him, but it will drive up his trade value once teams know were willing to let him rot.

Maybe some team will give up a 1st for him then.

Posted by: Original_etrod | June 16, 2010 7:30 AM

Cosign....

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Russellmania09 (106.7 the Fan) tweeted:

Also sources tell the FAN that Haynesworth would be willing to consider returning a portion of the $ he has been paid to facilitate a trade.
about 2 hours ago via txt

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 16, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately DS can well afford the $20m. If it's a WR vs. AH thing, AH cannot win!!!!!

Posted by: michaelstarr | June 16, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Russellmania09

.When I pressed Shanahan on a trade if Albert is willing to give some money back..he said in a humorous way that he didnt want to go there.
35 minutes ago via txt .

Hall says Haynesworth did not sound upset...saying "i dont know how u can be upset" in a joking laugh. #Redskins
38 minutes ago via txt .

#Redskins CB D. Hall says he spoke to Haynesworth last night. IT is what it is and pretty much defends Haynesworth in general terms.
39 minutes ago via txt .

SHanahan says they will not make up this practice saying he feels good. Says 3 or 4 guys can play NT.
about 1 hour ago via txt .

SHANAHAN SAYS IT IS A SHAME THAT ALBERT HAS GOT ALL THIS ATTENTION.SAYS THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN WILLING TO ACCEPT NOTHING IF 92 DID NOT TAKE $
about 1 hour ago via txt .

SHanahan said hes very dissapointed..and said if albert took the check he was told to be the best at any position they want him at #Redskins
about 1 hour ago via txt .

MIke Shanahan just said hes surprised 92 not here and they had given him until april 1 to talk to any team for trade purposes.

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 16, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Also sources tell the FAN that Haynesworth would be willing to consider returning a portion of the $ he has been paid to facilitate a trade.
about 2 hours ago via txt

Posted by: 4thFloor | June 16, 2010 12:22 PM

It's the only way Allen and Shanahan can trade him. Snyder is not going to eat the full $21 million.

Posted by: TWISI | June 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The following quote is exactly why AH will (and SHOULD) be gone:

"Yeah, maybe they may not be ideally suited for it but they're making an effort to do that because they understand the big picture. They understand it's not about an individual, it's about a team. And we're trying to have a true team model here. Last year we had a lot of selfishness that took place and you got 4-12 out of that. This year, we can't have that."

Anything AH apologists have to say after that statement can't be viewed as anything but ludicrous...

Posted by: brownwood26 | June 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Albert played Shanahan lovely. Straight lied to his face to get his coin. I agree Shanny doesn't want AH, but the problem now is that Danny didn't want to blow $21 million on April 1. Now Shanny and Bruce have to deal with Al or get some of the bonus back for their boss. Yikes.

Posted by: TWISI | June 16, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse
----------------------------------

Except Fatbert has zero leverage right now unless he volunteers to give back money.

And if he chooses to hold out while on the final roster, his roster bonus might be at risk anyway, similar to a signing bonus.

He's only slated to make about $3 mil/year for the next 3 years, so what financial incentive do we have to move his contract, especially if he isn't showing up?

If he does show up and turns into a bad seed, there has been plenty of precedent to suspend players.

So really, the Skins have all the cards, and this clown is getting some bad chess advice.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | June 16, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

beeps for comments from Shanahan...

Posted by: moodlymoodlymoo | June 16, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse


Just when you get impossibly cynical about the lack of quality in professional athletes, some guy like London Fletcher has to come around and ruin your cynicism.

LF = future coach

Posted by: TheCork | June 16, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why people are saying Fletch will not be a good fit in a 3-4. It's football and the dude is one of the best LB's I've ever seen.

He leads the team in tackles again this year.

Posted by: iH8dallas | June 16, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Don't trade him. Just end his NFL career by keeping him here for the remainder of his contract and never play him. He's a LOSER, just like TO, Chad Johnson, and all the other overpaid head cases who have never won anything ever in their lives.

Posted by: Section104 | June 16, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Despite all the whining from RI about Haynesworth being fat and taking off plays, he was still the most dominant defensive lineman in the NFL last year. You can bet that Dallas, Philly, and the Giants will be delighted with the prospect of not having to face Mr. Haynesworth two times per year.

If he shows up by the start of the season in shape and ready to wreak havoc, I don't really have a big problem with him. Playing defensive line in a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense isn't exactly rocket science and certainly doesn't compare with Favre coming in and picking up the Vikings offense in about two weeks last year.

I think this is really about the 2011 salary cap. If the Skins can get rid of Haynesworth in 2010 they can eat his cap hit in an uncapped year. Shanny and Allen didn't sign Haynesworth and they want the flexibility to sign their own guys in 2011. They won't have that if they have Haynesworth's large 2011 cap hit. Haynesworth is holding out to maximize his leverage in a trade.

Posted by: Hoosierdaddy1 | June 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Y'know what, AH could be the best disruptive NT in the league, why that isn't enough for him suggest only that he is lazy and self-consumed. With skill players at all postions a 3-4 can dominate, lead the league in defense, and everybody would get credit, AH in particular. And that's not enough? Why not, AH? The lazy-greedy comments seem to carry the day at his point, he's not he first nor the last ~ can you say Brian Bosworth, Heath Shuler, Tony Mandarich, Ryan Leaf, Lawrence Phillips, & etc.?!

Posted by: michaelstarr | June 16, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The idea that the Redskins should eat a single penny of the $21 million to get rid of Albert is ridiculous unless some really nice draft picks are provided in a trade as compensation...

Posted by: Pepper5 | June 16, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Fletcher is filled with Lightning...Hayensworth is filled with Pudding.

Posted by: tttyler | June 16, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

* beep beep *

new post... keep moving, peeps...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | June 16, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

The sad truth here is that it is very likely that Al is so out of shape that he physically could not attend the camp without being a huge embarrassment.

I truly believe that he has given up after banking over $30 million of Snyder's money.

I would bet anyone here that as of today, dude can't run a mile non-stop, weighs close to 400 lb and is planning on a crash course workout to get into bare minimum shape. His excuses about scheme and trust are just covering up the fact that he has let himself go because he has nothing left to play for. He has his boats, ATVs, cars, mansion, illegitimate kids etc. and he will now just fade away into obscurity. We need to take the 3rd or 4th rounder and move on.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | June 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

twisi

"Albert played Shanahan lovely. Straight lied to his face to get his coin."


The act alone is a red flag that would cause any team that would trade for him to question if he can be counted on to be professional.

To be honest, how can the team trade or operate professionally with a player whose word cannot be trusted?

His insulting lie for money move might be the lowest move any professional athlete has ever made.

Had AH been a serious person, he would've looked at the $21 million on March 31st, and said, "Naw, Mr. Snyder, keep your money, I want to move on."

"Release me if you can't trade me."

But he's not a serious person.

He obviously thought he'd get paid and traded for a small bag of chips and a Big Gulp.

Well, now the question is will the skins gulp and swallow the lost big money.


Posted by: MistaMoe | June 16, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Adam Schefter said the redskins can go after something like 25 mil bonus they paid him already

Posted by: merajc86 | June 16, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse


Just when you get impossibly cynical about the lack of quality in professional athletes, some guy like London Fletcher has to come around and ruin your cynicism.

LF = future coach

Posted by: TheCork | June 16, 2010 12:30 PM |


He coached my madden franchise to seven superbowls :D

Seriously though, Fletch is the Redskin of the decade. I wish the fans at fedex would cheer him the way soccer fans do their idols.

Posted by: trousers | June 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

God Bless London for speaking the truth!

Albert "HAYNESWORTHLESS" is an ebarassment to professional atheletes!

I'm convinced he's also currently fat and out of shape.

Posted by: Stevie-J | June 16, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I like others was trying to be neutral about this but now AH has just totally turned me against him!
Instead of waiting for mandatory camp to do this, why not ask for a trade early on.
His agent knew as well as AH.

I am glad London F spoke up and out about this. More players need to speak out about this....he is selfish.
There is no doubt about it now!!!

Never knew I would see a 300+ lb baby cry and whine like this. Screw him!!

Goodbye AH... you have basically "stolen" our money as we are the ones that go to games and spend money so Snyder can go after players.

Posted by: Redskins2881 | June 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

About time someone other than former Skins who now work in radio/tv speak up about this situation and the Skins in general.

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 16, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Players should be silent and let management handle Albert and his issues. If Snyder was stupid to give that money to him and get "nothing in return" so be it, he got a lot of our money for the last 12 years and very little return of rewards to the fans. Snyder will benefit from us at the game and the 6 flags ripoff.

Posted by: gman54 | June 16, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse


Way to go London!! Can we get any of our money back from the oxygen sucking, non-impressive fat butted baby or does he get to keep dragging us skins down with his petty crap? I say can him now and cut losses. Who is going to want him with this behavior? Now that he has missed mandatory camp what can Redskins do to him?

Posted by: skinfanATIC | June 16, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse


Way to go London!! Can we get any of our money back from the oxygen sucking, non-impressive fat butted baby or does he get to keep dragging us skins down with his petty crap? I say can him now and cut losses. Who is going to want him with this behavior? Now that he has missed mandatory camp what can Redskins do to him?

Posted by: skinfanATIC | June 16, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

If anyone has the credibility to make those public comments, it would be London Fletcher. He is an ultimate team player who leads by example. In my opinion, the team should give him the salary that Haynesworth is paid, but does not earn.

Posted by: MelindaLFurr | June 16, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Sign TO not Westbrook and "we have got a winner" in D.C.

Posted by: gman54 | June 16, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Way to go London!! Can we get any of our money back from the oxygen sucking, non-impressive fat butted baby or does he get to keep dragging us skins down with his petty crap? I say can him now and cut losses. Who is going to want him with this behavior? Now that he has missed mandatory camp what can Redskins do to him?

Posted by: skinfanATIC | June 16, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse


Way to go London!! Can we get any of our money back from the oxygen sucking, non-impressive fat butted baby or does he get to keep dragging us skins down with his petty crap? I say can him now and cut losses. Who is going to want him with this behavior? Now that he has missed mandatory camp what can Redskins do to him?

Posted by: skinfanATIC | June 16, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow! It's great to hear a player take a pro-team stand against another player. Too many (e.g. Hall) seem afraid that criticizing other players will make them a snitch, a narc, or a mgt tool. Fletcher is fearless... and seems to have the backbone and intelligence to coach when his playing days are done. Go Fletch!

Posted by: chris_zz | June 16, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

That about says it all - why Haynesworthless doesn't belong in the NFL - period. He doesn't belong on ANY team. London was just finally saying what every other team, and every other player in the NFL knows about Albert Haynesworthless but wasn't saying - and that also is why London Fletcher will ALWAYS be loved by the Redskins and their fans - Haynesworthless - give the money back like a REAL man would - not some slimy egotistical punk who thinks he's really all that. Haynesworthless - even your Momma would be ashamed of you - what punk trash. Haynesworthless will NEVER be welcomed back here - never....he's punk trash

Posted by: whelms1 | June 16, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Perfectly said Fletcher!! Thanks for speaking out. Haynesworth in my book has never and will never be a Redskin!! He is unworthy of being a Redskin!!!!!!!!!11

Posted by: ladyredskins | June 16, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Let's trade Albert, eat some of the money, and Danny can simply charge $75 for parking, $10 per beer, and $15 for chicken tenders to make up for it!

Posted by: terptek | June 16, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Best thing to do with AH is wait. Some team will get desperate during training camp or preseason when one of its starting DTs gets hurt, then it'll be willing to trade/overpay for AH. Skins should be in no hurry, nor should mgt devalue AH excessively. The objective is to turn his fat azz into a high draft pick in 2011.

Posted by: chris_zz | June 16, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Woooo, here we go!

Posted by: nojunk4me | June 16, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Albert, you FAT, LAZY, DO-NOTHING, GOOD-FOR-NOTHING, CRY-BABY!!! You are being paid $100 M to play a game!!!!! WAKE UP!!! What the hell is wrong with you???? How dumb do you have to be to test this new regime?! We hope you sit on the bench and watch the rest of your teammates WIN- WITHOUT YOU!!!! And your "so-called" $value$ go right down the toilet with every passing game!

Posted by: Kick_Out_The_Illegals | June 16, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I dont know what ya'll crying about is HIS money, is in the contract that " he wa to get a bonus on the 1st of April" so he already eraned it, so it is his to keep. If you were to elave the company you work for and they were to ask for your salary back will you give it back? NO! I dont think so, thank you. AH is doing whats best for HIM and his FAMILY AND his professional career...If you work as an IT and your boss ask you to work as a janitor will you do it, no way man bro!>?
So get off AH case let htme man be, he doesn't have to do what's only good in your eyes...you sorry sonofb!

Posted by: Incognito00 | June 16, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I dont know what ya'll crying about is HIS money, is in the contract that " he wa to get a bonus on the 1st of April" so he already eraned it, so it is his to keep. If you were to elave the company you work for and they were to ask for your salary back will you give it back? NO! I dont think so, thank you. AH is doing whats best for HIM and his FAMILY AND his professional career...If you work as an IT and your boss ask you to work as a janitor will you do it, no way man bro!>?
So get off AH case let htme man be, he doesn't have to do what's only good in your eyes...you people make me sick!

Posted by: Incognito00 | June 16, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I dont know what ya'll crying about is HIS money, is in the contract that " he wa to get a bonus on the 1st of April" so he already eraned it, so it is his to keep. If you were to elave the company you work for and they were to ask for your salary back will you give it back? NO! I dont think so, thank you. AH is doing whats best for HIM and his FAMILY AND his professional career...If you work as an IT and your boss ask you to work as a janitor will you do it, no way man bro!>?
So get off AH case let htme man be, he doesn't have to do what's only good in your eyes...you people make me sick!

Posted by: Incognito00 | June 16, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I declare from this day forth we refer to the one known as Albert Haynesworth as

"His Royal Fatness"
"His Royal Fatness"
"His Royal Fatness"
"His Royal Fatness"
"His Royal Fatness"
"His Royal Fatness"

Posted by: TheTruth35 | June 16, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I declare from this day forth we refer to the one known as Albert Haynesworth as

"His Royal Fatness"
"His Royal Fatness"
"His Royal Fatness"
"His Royal Fatness"
"His Royal Fatness"
"His Royal Fatness"

Posted by: TheTruth35 | June 16, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth has stolen 21 mil. simple as that. The Skins should treat him as a thief. If someone stole a sizeable amount of money from me, there would be payback. Screw this criminal.

Posted by: VegasJim | June 16, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

What does Fat Albert think he is? A member of Congress? Tell it like it is Fletcher! Fat Al had no intentions of plying for the Skins in 10". His me attitude is sickening. Give back the money or have Danny Boy turn his lawyers loose on F.A. Hey if they can sue season ticket holders for non paying, they should be able to sue Fat Al for non-playing. See Danny Boy, another fine mess you gotten us in to.

Posted by: raleighnative | June 16, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

He'll be bankrupt by the age of 40, between his new baby momma and Danny's lawyers.

In fact, an interesting new Redskins revenue opportunity; Snyder sells packages down to Tennessee (flights, hotels etc) for the day the repo man takes Albert's speedboat away.

Name your price, Danny...

Posted by: stevebeagrie | June 16, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Sir Fletcher,
I can see why you are recognized as a team leader.
If AH walks away with the money he's nothing less than a spoiled, selfish, egotistical, thief.
My all-time Redskin hero is Darrell Green; talk to him. Lead the team.

Posted by: PeterODay | June 16, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth has to be the most worthless human being ever. How can you not want to do the job but still keep the money? Fine promises were made and broken. Fine. But if he walks in and drops a check on Dan's table, I bet Dan will release him immediately. I get that he wants to play in a scheme that fits his strengths but you can't take the money, keep it and hope to walk away. Those days are gone. And besides you only do that by performing so poorly the team decides to cut their losses.

Posted by: tundey | June 16, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

don't equate t.o. and c. johnson with haynesworth that is ridiculous owens is a hall of fame player even if he never plays another down, johnson is a good receiver who has good career numbers, are they perfect NO but they play and have produced for years. cerrato and snyder gave haynesworth the money he did NOT steal it and they are FOOLS for doing it. haynesworth will be fined and probably end up in a court battle for the $21 million along with the money his girl friend is coming after. haynesworth could be a great player he certainly is not one as of now and probably will not ever be.

Posted by: wathu19 | June 16, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

bravo, fletcher.

Posted by: jdane | June 17, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Listen Michael Jordan didn't like the triangle offense that Phil Jackson put in and was really not supportive. But even he was willing to give it a try. And look at the results. Not this guy who is really a D-lineman who had success with the Titans but can't carry Jordan's jock is acting like a selfish ass prick. I say let him go. Watch the career he has from this point on. A cancer I tell you to any club that picks him up.

Posted by: atlopt | June 17, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Redskin Fan from Long Island - London, you said it perfectly. That fat SOB can go someplace else, with his money and his fat sorry-ass and pretend to be a football player somewhere else.

Posted by: rvscanzani | June 17, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Fletch has already shown us by example on the field that he is a leader. He has now also shown us off the field what a leader he is.

Posted by: WhereIsJackKentCooke | June 17, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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