Just a short while ago, I discussed the possibility of Albert Haynesworth missing six months of NFL action and never donning Patriot blue should he be convicted of misdemeanor sexual abuse. Haynesworth was pleading not guilty and the trial was set to begin tomorrow. However, thanks to the wonderful world of Twitter and Dan Patrick (@ABC7Dan), we have learned that Haynesworth changed his plea:
Albert #Haynesworth pleaded no contest to simple assault with regards to incident at W Hotel. He will serve 160 hours of community service
It was also reported that Haynesworth agreed to an alcohol abuse assessment and a psychological assessment as part of the plea bargain.
Wow. It is highly possible that if Haynesworth is ready to practice, he could do so tomorrow or Wednesday. To recap, we have gone from missing practice this week and possibly never setting foot on an NFL field in a Patriots uniform to back at practice this week and no time missed due to jail time. Keep in mind that reducing a plea and accepting a lesser punishment is not necessarily an admission of guilt. There were accusations that a witness was going to be paid off to testify against Haynesworth, which could have gotten the case thrown out. Sometimes, a prosecution is fearful of the defendant getting off with no penalty and will accept these bargains. Of course, it could also be the defense fearing a guilty verdict and wanting to get the lowest possible punishment as possible.
As a comical side note, Albert Haynesworth made a simple statement before going into the courthouse: “Go Patriots.”