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.
Chris Cooley calls Albert Haynesworth ‘an awful human being’
Washington Post | Oct 29