Agreement settles Albert Haynesworth road-rage assault case

FAIRFAX, Va. — A judge on Tuesday dismissed a misdemeanor assault charge against Washington Redskins defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth after the player reached an agreement with the man who said he was the victim of a road-rage attack.

Under Virginia law, a judge can dismiss misdemeanor assaults under a provision called “accord and satisfaction,” in which a victim says he has been made whole, usually by a financial payment.

Neither Haynesworth nor the victim, identified as Arthur Velasquez, would comment on details of the settlement. Haynesworth, dressed in a white collared shirt with blue jeans and large diamond stud earrings, said nothing as he left the courthouse after the two-minute hearing in Fairfax County General District Court.

The incident in early February began when Velasquez gave the finger to Haynesworth on the Fairfax County Parkway in Reston because he believed Haynesworth was following too closely, according to Haynesworth’s attorney, Steven Merril, and police accounts.

Both drivers exited the parkway, and at some point Haynesworth got out of his car. At that point, according to Merril, the two men’s stories diverged. Velasquez said Haynesworth punched him in the face, giving him a bloody nose.

“There’s blame for both of them” in the confrontation, Merril said after the hearing. “You know how northern Virginia can be with tight traffic, anger building up among drivers.”

Merril said, “Haynesworth’s mistake was he got out of the car. Judges don’t like that.”

It was not clear if Velasquez knew Haynesworth’s identity at the outset of the confrontation.

Velasquez’s lawyer, Stephen Sheehy, declined to discuss details of the case but said his client is satisfied with the outcome.

Haynesworth, meanwhile, still faces a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge in the District of Columbia, where he is accused of groping a waitress at a hotel bar. He has pleaded not guilty.

At one point last year Haynesworth was juggling as many four court-related matters, including lawsuits from a bank, an exotic dancer, a man injured in an automobile accident and complaints from his ex-wife that he wasn’t paying her health insurance or their children’s bills.

Haynesworth set an NFL record in 2009 with $41 million guaranteed as part of a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins. But Haynesworth fell out of favor with new coach Mike Shanahan in 2010 and repeatedly clashed over workout routines and playing time. The Redskins suspended Haynesworth for the final four games of the season for “conduct detrimental to the team.”

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rivieravol writes:

Another one of Fulmers, "good citizens."

HHUUMMBBLLEE writes:

FIRE MIKE HAMILTON

bigsteve92 writes:

in response to rivieravol:

Another one of Fulmers, "good citizens."

if this is the worse you can criticizes him about. he cant control what a grown man does. but i guess you cant see all the player that did turn out good. you to busy looking for the few who got in little trouble like this. the man probably did more good for people than you probably ever have or will

VOLliven2it writes:

Proves once again, money can't buy me love(Beatles song)but it can sure buy your way out of assault. Why then should any of us wonder at people who cannot stand the rich and powerful? They live in an arena the average working Joe or Joanna only dreams about. If you or I hit a guy with road rage we would either lose our homes, jobs, etc. and go to jail, maybe all the aforementioned. People see this stuff and conclude all you need is the money. It is sad. Now next question, does Mr. Haynesworth play anymore NFL? My guess is....Yes!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to VOLliven2it:

Proves once again, money can't buy me love(Beatles song)but it can sure buy your way out of assault. Why then should any of us wonder at people who cannot stand the rich and powerful? They live in an arena the average working Joe or Joanna only dreams about. If you or I hit a guy with road rage we would either lose our homes, jobs, etc. and go to jail, maybe all the aforementioned. People see this stuff and conclude all you need is the money. It is sad. Now next question, does Mr. Haynesworth play anymore NFL? My guess is....Yes!

Don't come down with a case of "road rage" or "must-punchitis" and you don't have to worry about losing your house or going to jail. Wish I had the talent, brains and/or drive to be rich.

rivieravol writes:

Actually Big Steve I can also criticize him about such good citizens as Dwayne Goodrich, Leonard Little, Travis Henry and the wr from North Carolina who made inappropriate comments to a student in Maryville.

Thank Goodness the Fulmer Cup no longer exists.
Think your boy Flummo will "interview," Ohio State?

smokeyvol1 writes:

in response to rivieravol:

Actually Big Steve I can also criticize him about such good citizens as Dwayne Goodrich, Leonard Little, Travis Henry and the wr from North Carolina who made inappropriate comments to a student in Maryville.

Thank Goodness the Fulmer Cup no longer exists.
Think your boy Flummo will "interview," Ohio State?

And for every "good citizen" as you put it, there are 100 "great citizens" on any football team. Why not blame the doctor, parents, school teachers, preacher, little league coach, neighbor, friends who had about as much if not more to do with these "good citizens"? I blame you for not sharing your perfect life with these "good citizens"!

Vol_in_GA writes:

What a disgrace. One of these days, he's going to find himself in a situation where simply writing a check won't remedy the problem. He's going to do REAL time one of these days...

Orange_Scooter writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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You are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO right Cantstand. Now if you could only get Candy to hire Phil. He'll mold fine young men out of those boys out in Nashville. Perhaps while he's there he'll reunite with Taco Chavis and you three can have a hoedown on Music Row.

NoEndToIt writes:

in response to rivieravol:

Another one of Fulmers, "good citizens."

I think Haynesworth is the only player I've ever heard Fulmer say anything remotely poor about. Something along the lines of "He's the most uncoachable player I've ever had".

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