Yes, Albert Haynesworth is many years in the past. But what, you want more breakdowns of what happened in Denver? More name change stories? More deep thoughts from Brandon Meriweather?
Didn’t think so. Chris Cooley, Steve Czaban and Al Galdi were discussing Gilbert Arenas’s thoughts on his awful Wizards contract during their ESPN 980 program last week.
“Every year, every team, someone signs a big contract and then they turn into a piece of dump,” Cooley observed.
He was then asked which contract was worse, the massive one given to Arenas, or the massive one handed to Albert Haynesworth.
“NO QUESTION, the Haynesworth contract,” Cooley answered. “Because he was TRYING to get released by the team. His goal was to come here, make a large signing bonus, and then get released and not have to do any of the work. He didn’t care about the back end of that contract, he didn’t care about making all of that money. His idea was, you paid me for what I did in the past, and my goal is to be released as soon as possible and basically take $33 million from you for absolutely nothing.”
“But was that his goal from the get-go?” Galdi asked.
“Yes,” Cooley insisted. “His goal from the get-go was to take that money. He also indicated to many players on the team that his new goal was to get released as soon as possible, sign another maybe $10, 12 million contract — that’s verbatim — go somewhere, play for a year and probably get released, and keep that money too. I mean, if it was a player on this team currently, I would not discuss this on the air. But being the player that he was, and the guy that he was around here, this was open [knowledge] among many players in this locker room: that his goal was basically to take money.
“And it’s really unfortunate when that happens. I guess his point to it, or his excuse for it, was well, the leagues steal from all you guys, the leagues won’t pay you YOUR salaries, they won’t give you YOUR money, so I’m gonna get what’s right from them.”
So Cooley was asked whether Mike Shanahan knew that this was Haynesworth’s intent.
“I don’t know if that was explained to Mike, but that’s obvious to a coach,” Cooley said. “That’s obvious when you’re around a player, that they’re not trying to play for your team…It doesn’t matter what you got [in exchange for Haynesworth]. They would have released him if they wouldn’t have got anything for him. It wasn’t about getting a pick out of him. It was about a terrible decision to bring in an awful human being into an organization that he’s not going to participate in. You should know that. You should be aware of that.”