The Associated Press reports Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has suspended embattled defensive end Albert Haynesworth for the remainder of the season. Trouble had been brewing all season when new coach Shanahan wanted to implement a new defense. Haynesworth then promptly boycotted a mandatory minicamp in the preseason. Some of his former teammates in Washington agree that he was a handful, while Haynesworth’s agent says there are no grounds whatsoever for the four-game suspension. The NFL Player’s Association is looking into the matter.
Haynesworth is another recent high-profile example of a player not getting along with his coach. 2010 has been replete with such instances.
When the NBA’s Detroit Pistons lost to the Golden State Warriors in mid-November, it was only by four points. The game wasn’t even half over when head coach John Kuester called a timeout to get the Pistons’ defense in gear after Tayshaun Prince didn’t get a defensive stop that was needed.
When Kuester yelled at his player, Prince snapped back and was benched the rest of the half. Perhaps it was because, at the time, Detroit was losing by 25 points. The argument may have also stemmed from Detroit’s losing record. In any event, the Pistons only lost by four points, and currently are 7-15 in the league.
AOL News reports DeMarcus Cousins of the Golden State Warriors is an embattled rookie who is underperforming on the team; has been fined $5,000; and was kicked out of a recent practice in late November. Kings head coach Paul Westphal wouldn’t talk about why Cousins was suspended.
However, sources close to the team have said the two don’t get along and always fight. Perhaps the fighting is one reason the coach and team are 4-15 and the worst in the Western Conference of the NBA.
The French World Cup team in South Africa imploded after a dispute arose between striker Nicolas Anelka and his head coach, Raymond Domenech. The New York Times reports an argument happened during halftime in the midst of France’s 2-0 loss to Mexico when Domenech says Anelka insulted him and refused to apologize. So, Domenech sent Anelka home.
What happened next was an insurrection of mass proportions. Team captain Patrice Evra got into a fight with a fitness coach, the team refused to practice for one day and a senior team official resigned. In the end, France didn’t win a single game, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy even visited the team.
Haynesworth’s squabble was exacerbated by the huge contract and incentives involved, not to mention an NFL team which hasn’t seen much playoff glory over the past 20 years. Just like the three other examples from 2010, the Redskins are simply a team trying to win and little else. When losing game after game sucks and tempers flare, arguments between players and coaches are bound to happen on any level.
The Associated Press, “Redskins suspend Haynesworth 4 games without pay.”
Spears, Marc J. “Prince, Kuester argument becomes heated,” Yahoo! Sports.
Amick, Sam, “DeMarcus Cousins Kicked Out of Kings Practice After Arguing With Coach,” AOL News.
Rhoden, William C. “Mounting Controversy Leaves No Time for Feel-Good Questions,”New York Times.