A Nashville man has sued New England Patriot Albert Haynesworth after a 2008 car accident on Interstate 65 that left him disabled and unable to leave his bed. The 28-year-old man had actually been a fan of Haynesworth before the accident and had played the same position, defensive lineman, in high school.
The victim has gone through numerous surgeries after sustaining a broken leg and pelvis. Since the accident, he has only been able to leave his parents' home twice. The man's injuries are so extensive that he can only stand for a maximum of five minutes before needing to rest.
The driver is bringing a lawsuit against Haynesworth for $7.5 million. He is also asking for additional damages to punish the NFL star for his careless driving. He is alleging that Haynesworth was driving erratically and that he was irresponsible, reckless and negligent. It is expected that a Williamson County Circuit Court will hear his case in March.
This lawsuit comes on the heels of a criminal sex abuse trial against Haynesworth. The NFL star allegedly fondled a waitress in Washington, D.C., in February. The trial for misdemeanor sex abuse will be in late August.
According to the Boston Herald, Haynesworth has denied any responsibility in the accident. He has told reporters that "Everything is in the past."
The defensive lineman's lawyer has said that he was traveling the speed limit on the day of the accident and his car may have fishtailed on black ice when he was trying to pass the driver. The lawyer argues that Haynesworth's car bumped the victim's car, which caused the victim to lose control of his car.
Days before the accident, Haynesworth had signed a memorandum of understanding in another traffic violation. He admitted to driving over 100 miles per hour on the same freeway.