Albert Haynesworth, a nose tackle for the Washington Redskins football team, has a history of bad behavior, which includes everything from stomping on an opponent’s head to punching a man in a traffic altercation. In February, however, the six-foot-six, 300-pound 29-year-old may have made his biggest mistake to date. According to a waitress working at Washington, D.C.’s W Hotel, Haynesworth fondled her breasts while her hands were full of glasses at the time. Haynesworth was slapped with a sexual abuse charge, which he’s been fighting ever since.
Today he entered a not guilty plea to the charge.
You might think Haynesworth would be willing to shut his mouth considering all the trouble he’s been in. You’d be wrong. Rather than wait to see what sort of penalty the courts would give him, Haynesworth spoke up early to say that charges against him were bogus. And not just because he was innocent, but because he “[doesn’t] even like Black girls.”
That’s according to statements allegedly given to a detective who was investigating the case. Besides that, Haynesworth supposedly said, “I know what this is about: [The waitress] is just upset I have a white girlfriend. I couldn’t tell you the last time I dated a Black girl.”
Besides being racially insensitive, Haynseworth’s alleged comments also ignore what a lot of sexual abuse is about—power. For many rapists and others who commit sexual assaults, physical gratification is a secondary or tertiary reason for them. Rather, the sadistic joy that they get out of humiliating another person, or making them feel powerless, is the real motivation for their crimes.
That being the case, Haynesworth’s proclamation that he “doesn’t even like Black girls” is an irrelevant one. If he’s guilty of the crime of which he’s been accused, it doesn’t matter what he likes. What matters is what he dislikes, and over whom he wants to exert a hateful power.
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