A lot of stink being raised about Albert Haynesworth's face-stomp yesterday on Andre Gurode in the Titans/Cowboys game. Sure, it was bad, and Haynesworth deserves a penalty of some sorts. But this isn't on par with Todd Bertuzzi, not on par with Marcus Vick. Gurode had a headache and slightly blurred vision as a result of Haynesworth's misplaced step, but he'll be fine. More importantly, this is an anomaly. He's a five-year veteran with no prior history of trouble in the NFL or college. And his post-game apology seemed entirely sincere.
I apologize to Andre. What I did was disgusting. It's something that should never happen. I mean, I'm not a dirty player. I don't play dirty. I have respect for the game. What I feel like is I disgraced the game, disgraced my team and disgraced my last name.
Haynesworth went on to talk about the shame he felt knowing his kids share his name and, thus, a piece of this incident. The NFL will obviously suspend Haynesworth, and he'll deserve it and serve his time. But let's not villainize him. He made a mistake in the heat of battle.