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It's hard to believe, but there was a time when Albert Haynesworth was a decent NFL player who avoided controversy. That changed in 2006, when, after a touchdown run by the Dallas Cowboys' Julius Jones, Haynesworth decided to A-Town stomp Cowboys center Andre Gurode, who had fallen over during the play. Haynesworth's cleat opened up a large gash over Gurode's right eye, and after being assessed two unsportsmanlike conduct penalites (one for the stomp and one for throwing his helmet in protest), Haynesworth was ejected.
Haynesworth was suspended five games for his actions, just the second time in the history of the league that an NFL player was given a multi-game suspension. Although he wasn't quite the millionaire he would become after signing with the Redskins in 2009, Haynesworth lost more than $190,000 of his $646,251 salary, almost 30 percent of his annual earnings. The stomping incident would foreshadow more issues to come for Haynesworth throughout his career.
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