Tuesday, October 03, 2006


I’m sure that by now you’ve all seen or at least heard of the classless, despicable and cowardly act of Albert Haynesworth – a head stomp on a defenseless and helmet-less Cowboys offensive lineman Andre Gurode who was lying on the ground on his side.

After the game, Haynesworth was remorseful and expressed regret as to how he disgraced the Titans, the NFL and his family.

While listening to Haynesworth, I have to admit that I felt a little compassion. His remorse sucked me in. His body language and facial expressions suggested a man filled to the brim with regret. The shame of it all – I felt for this guy who happens also to be a pretty good ball player. What a contrast from the lunatic that screamed obscenities at Coach Jeff Fisher only hours before.

Later I heard that Haynesworth has a history past transgressions including road rage and showing up after practice with a pipe to take on one of his teammates at the University of Tennessee. My compassion was fleeting and dissipated. This guy is a time bomb and the NFL did the right thing – hit him in his wallet for 5 game checks. So the next time Haynesworth considers something so cowardly, maybe he’ll think about his children that he feels so badly for because they bear the Haynesworth namesake. Maybe he’ll even think about Gurode’s family who “escaped” with 30 stitches.

But I doubt it. Guys like Haynesworth need help. They need psychological counseling. Maybe he even needs to be medicated! What if the next time he’s even more infuriated and really unleashes the fury of a 320 pound cannon ball knee to someone’s head?

Haynesworth claims he’s not a dirty player and maybe he’s not. But does his penalty equate to the violation? It might but the NFL shouldn’t stop there. They should force him into counseling or force him out of the league. It’s as simple as that.

And then they shouldn’t stop there. The league should turn their collective attention towards Cincinnati and Chris Henry, another time bomb ready to go off. What if he gets behind the wheel again for a little joy ride with some more under aged girls? What if one of those girls was your daughter or worse, suppose his impaired driving kills one of them or an innocent bystander on a street corner?

Do it now Mr. Roger Goodell and your cronies before it’s too late. Chris Henry at best deserves a severe punishment and at worst, he should lose the privilege of playing in the National Football League.


Tony Lombardi said...

It’s easier to criticize the off field misbehavior of players on other teams. Yet when it involves your own players, there’s a tendency to look the other way or to quickly extend a forgiving hand.

It’s not too unlike dealing with the juvenile mistakes and violations of your own children. Yet you know the right thing to do is to hand down the punishment – to bring the long arm of the parental law down.

Remember that old saying from your parents, “This is going to hurt me worse than it hurts you?”

As a child you are thinking, “Yeah, right!”

As an adult, you can totally relate.

As a coach of the Baltimore Ravens, Brian Billick needs to deal with B.J. Sams’ second DUI in 14 months with a stern fist. Two strikes….

And these are simply the times he’s been caught.

Strike swiftly Brian!

Children sometimes scream for discipline. One of yours is doing exactly that an you should oblige.

Anonymous said...

Regarding BJ: The Ravens will have the issue taken out of their hands by the NFL.
Most athletes have a youthful sense of indestructibility. But it should never translate into drunken sense of hubris behind the wheel. Don't these guys know how
to spell "limo" or "cab"? They sure can afford one.