Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 4:52 p.m.
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Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has been offered a plea deal for the misdemeanor sexual abuse count he was indicted on Tuesday.
According to the Associated Press, prosecutors say if Haynesworth agrees to plead guilty to a simple assault charge, the sexual abuse charge would be dropped. Both charges, however, carry the same penalty of six months in jail and a 1,000 fine.
Haynesworth's lawyer has said his client wouldn't take the deal.
Haynesworth is accused of fondling a waitress in early February during an incident at the W Hotel in Washington.
In the eight-page court document that included the plea deal, Haynesworth is said to have told police, I didnt touch her, and he doesnt even like black girls.
When detectives tried to interview Haynesworth, he told them: I know what this is about. She is just upset I have a white girlfriend. I couldnt tell you the last time I dated a black girl. She was trying to get with me.
Coach Mike Shanahan dodged commenting on Haynesworths indictment or his status with the Redskins.
Anytime that somebodys name associated with your organization is in the news and its not positive, obviously you dont feel good about it but you like to get the facts first, Shanahan said. Im definitely going to give him the benefit of the doubt.
The current labor situation has prohibited Shanahan from talking to Haynesworth or his agent, Chad Speck, and Shanahan gave no indication he has spoken with the player since suspending him for last seasons final four games.
Without me being able to talk to him, I would hate to give my opinion on it, Shanahan said.