A warrant for simple assault has been issued for Haynesworth after an apparent road rage incident Wednesday morning in Fairfax County.
Police said the alleged incident happened at about 9:15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of Route 7100. Joel Velasquez, 38, was driving a 1994 Honda Civic near Lake Newport Road when he made a "non-verbal hand gesture" to a pickup truck he said was tailgating him, police told NBC Washington's John Schriffen.
The vehicles continued to a stop light at New Dominion Parkway, and the driver of the pickup truck got out and approached Velasquez in the Honda, police said.
Velasquez rolled down his window and the driver of the pickup truck said, "You're not so tough, now," repeated it and then punched Velasquez in the side of the nose, ESPN.com reported. He then got back in his truck and drove away, according to police.
Velasquez drove himself to Reston Hospital and was treated for minor injuries.
He identified the driver of the pickup truck as Haynesworth.
"I heard something this morning, and I have yet to find out the details yet. I haven't heard from Bruce Allen yet," Redskins owner Dan Snyder told ESPN Radio 980 Friday afternoon. "I'm eagerly awaiting to see what that's all about."
Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said in an e-mail that team officials are gathering information about the incident and would not comment further.
"Mr. Velasquez is a very private person and is not looking for any type of attention therefore declines to make a public statement," his attorney told NBC Washington. "Mr Velasquez confirms an incident occurred with Mr. Haynesworth, and once the police have conducted the investigation on the matter, we will go forward as appropriate."
Fairfax County Police said that Haynesworth is currently out of town but made arrangements through his attorney to turn himself in.
In a text message, Chad Speck, Haynesworth's agent, said the allegation is false.
"This man, who actually provoked the situation himself, recognized Albert and is now simply trying to turn it into his 15 minutes of fame and get, we can only assume, some money," Speck said. "Albert did not assault this man and looks forward to his day in court to refute these ridiculous allegations."
Haynesworth also was charged with speeding following an incident Jan. 4 in Fairfax County. According to court records, police said Haynesworth was going 64 in a 45 mph zone. His court hearing on that charge is scheduled for March 11.
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