Washington Redskins defensive lineman and multi-millionaire Albert Haynesworth has been indicted and charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse. The charges stem from an incident wherein he allegedly slid a credit card down the front of a waitresses’ dress and fondled her breast while in a Washington D.C. hotel restaurant back in February 2011.
Mr. Haynesworth, like so many other professional athletes it seems, is no stranger to the justice system. He currently is scheduled for trial in May 2011 for allegedly punching a man during a “road-rage” incident. In addition, he has pending legal issues involving his former bank, an exotic dancer, a man injured in an automobile accident, and complaints from his ex-wife that he failed to pay health insurance premiums for his children.
Mr. Haynesworth was also suspended without pay for the final four games of the 2010 NFL season. His suspension was for “conduct detrimental to the club” after he feuded with head coach Mike Shanahan, missed offseason workouts, and failed a conditioning test at the start of training camp.
Mr. Hayneswoth maintains his innocence, but if convicted, he is exposed to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
The good news is that Mr. Haynesworth will have plenty of money to pay his legal fees since the Washington Redskins thought he was a man of outstanding citizenship and deserving of a seven-year, $100 million contract.