Who had the Worst Week in Washington? Albert Haynesworth.

By Chris Cillizza
Friday, December 10, 2010; 11:00 AM

Between "The Decision" by LeBron James and the alleged texting habits of Brett Favre (ick), the expectations bar for professional athletes is remarkably low.

But Albert Haynesworth still managed to squeeze under it.

Haynesworth, the Washington Redskins' prized free agent who was signed - for a mere $100 million! - in the 2009 offseason, has been a problem from the start.

This year, he repeatedly failed the mandatory conditioning test at training camp, a story that went national as Skins head coach Mike Shanahan refused to budge.

From there, things only went downhill. Haynesworth didn't want to play in Shanahan's defensive scheme. He made that point repeatedly and loudly. He missed practices and a game to attend his brother's funeral - totally understandable - but stayed away so long that Shanahan benched him for the next game, too.

The pot boiled over this past week when the team announced that Haynesworth would be suspended without pay for the final four games of the season. The move came after Shanahan deactivated him for Sunday's game following two poor days of practice.

(Shanahan deserves some of the blame in this saga as well, for turning it into a public battle of egos that distracted a struggling team.)

The suspension, which Haynesworth plans to appeal, almost certainly means the end of the player's time as a member of the burgundy and gold. And, while Haynesworth managed to extract $41 million from owner Dan Snyder for a total of 20 games played, he also almost certainly did severe damage to his image around the league.

Albert Haynesworth, for setting a new (low) standard for how a professional athlete should act, you had the Worst Week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

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