"I had to lose it. I just had to."

What made Albert Haynesworth stomp on another player's face?

Originally Published: January 15, 2007
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's Jan. 15, 2007, issue. Subscribe today!

CAN SOMEBODY tell him why he's alone?

That's all he wants as he sits in front of his locker, still wearing his uniform, the navy-blue polyester caked in dirt, the bottom of his right cleat stained with another man's blood. His heart is racing, his head is spinning, his breathing shallow. He looks around at all the empty lockers. Where are his teammates? Where are the coaches? And ...

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