Albert Haynesworth: “My Contract Doesn’t Make Me Slave”

Whereas I don’t like when athletes use the term “slave” to make a point, I will explain how what Haynesworth said makes perfect sense, even if he shouldn’t be the spokesperson for the statement.

Here is what Haynesworth had to say:

“I guess in this world, we don’t have a lot of people with backbones. Just because somebody pay you money don’t mean they’ll make you do whatever they want. I mean, that means everything is for sale. I mean, I’m not for sale,” Haynesworth said on 106.7 The Fan, via the Washington Post. “Yeah, I signed the contract and got paid a lot of money, but just because, that don’t mean I’m for sale or a slave or whatever.”

I agree with 100% with Haynesworth, it is his right as an American to say he doesn’t agree with something or doesn’t want to do something. As long as he understand that it is the Redskins’ right as Americans to punish him as allowed in his contract and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

When you sign a contract it has a lot of rules in it you need to read before signing.

When Haynesworth accepted the 100 million dollar contract from the Redskins it didn’t include:

“I must like the coach”

“I can only play the position I want”

“I will work out when I feel like it”

I don’t feel any sympathy for Haynesworth, he whines and cries a lot, maybe he is  kin to Mo Williams whatever the case maybe, his contract states he plays football for the Washington Redskins and if he doesn’t like that, unlike the slaves he can simply walk away.

But if he does that he will have to pay back some of the thirty million he has already been paid.

Don’t think that is going to happen.

4 thoughts on “Albert Haynesworth: “My Contract Doesn’t Make Me Slave”

  • And I guess in this world, we don't have a lot of people with command of the English language. That statement was painful to read. Regarding your comments on the statement, I agree with you 100%.

  • The Haynesworth story is another example of the flawed team-building strategy of Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Paying a defensive tackle a $100 million contract is stupid. No defensive tackle is worth that kind of money. The only times where Haynesworth has truly been a force on the field is when he is in the last year of his deal. He was in the final year of his original deal with the Titans and he was balling out of his mind. I believe they used the franchise tag on him and he had another strong season. Again, money was on the line and he had to produce at a high level. Now he has gotten paid and he is nothing more than a nuissance. Yes, he doesn't have to like playing nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme, but he is paid to do a job. When you sign any contract in business, you have an obligation to your fellow employees and those who pay your salary. He has seemed to bristle at change and he is rightfully being criticized for it.

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