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Albert Haynesworth's Lawsuit Is Another Headache for Washington Redskins

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 08:  Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins looks on against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on November 8, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Adam HankinsCorrespondent IMay 26, 2010

Exacerbating his already tenuous relationship with the Washington Redskins, reports are coming out of a paternity lawsuit against Albert Haynesworth.

Silvia Mena, a stripper from New York, is claiming in a $10 million lawsuit that Haynesworth made her pregnant four months ago and then left her with no financial assistance.

Mena's lawyer says that Haynesworth had promised to take care of her but left her after a brief relationship.

For Redskins fans, this is extremely shocking news. After all, Albert Haynesworth is a man of impeccable character.

Okay, enough with the lies.

Haynesworth is still facing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit from Corey Edmonson, a man who was left partially paralyzed as a result of Big Al's reckless driving on I-65 in Tennessee. Haynesworth was driving his Ferrari at speeds in excess of 100 mph when he struck Edmonson's vehicle and sent it smashing into a concrete barrier.

Haynesworth never offered to help pay for Edmonson's medical bills, and he didn't admit responsibility to the incident. The Edmonson tragedy happened shortly after Haynesworth had already been placed on probation for driving at excessive speeds on the same stretch of interstate.

In addition to Haynesworth's off-the-field troubles, nobody can forget the Andre Gurode face-cleating. Haynesworth seriously crossed the line with that dirty maneuver. 

The pattern of behavior that Albert Haynesworth continues to display is indicative of the man's poor character. All of these occurrences add up to proof that he doesn't care about anyone except himself. 

Haynesworth obviously doesn't care about the Washington Redskins. Rather than showing up for offseason workouts and doing whatever it takes to make the team better, Haynesworth continues to whine about his role in the new 3-4 defense.

For the amount of money that the Redskins have already paid him ($32 million), Big Al should be willing to do ANYTHING to help them win. Whether it is at nose tackle, defensive end, or running back, Haynesworth is obligated to do whatever Mike Shanahan wants him to do.

Albert Haynesworth needs lessons from some of his teammates like Reed Doughty and Phillip Daniels. Doughty and Daniels work their tails off for the Redskins for far less money than Haynesworth makes—yet Haynesworth could never match their character and heart.

The rumors are still swirling that Shanahan might trade Haynesworth before the season begins. Haynesworth's latest off-the-field issue might help to speed this process along.

Shanahan is changing the entire culture of the Washington Redskins, and he is teaching his players about the need for hard work, responsibility, and accountability. It is becoming clearer that a man like Haynesworth cannot fit into the new Redskins philosophy.

Despite the cost of doing so, Washington will be much better off without the distraction of Albert Haynesworth. On a team building for a successful long-term future, there is no room for low-class, questionable character types.

Regardless of the enormous talent, players like Haynesworth are a cancer for a team's locker room. Some people are saying that the Redskins can't afford to trade him. But with all of his issues, the truth is that the Redskins can't afford to keep him. 

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