Skins’ $100M Man Pleads No Contest to Reckless Driving

Meanwhile, ex-NFL blames bad field sobriety test on bad knees

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth has pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge in Tennessee and will be on probation for three months.

Court records show Haynesworth entered his plea Thursday morning in the Nashville suburb of Franklin. He's required to perform 25 hours of community service, make a $5,000 charitable contribution and attend driving school.

The charge against the former Tennessee Titans player stems from a Dec. 13 incident in which Haynesworth tried to pass another driver, who crashed into a concrete median and was badly injured, prosecutors said.

Circuit Court Judge Jeff Bivins told Haynesworth that he hopes the process has shown that no one is infallible.

And in some ex-Redskin traffic violation news, Bruce Smith has been convicted of drunken driving in Virginia Beach General District Court. Judge Teresa McCrimmon gave Smith a 90-day suspended jail term at a hearing Thursday and fined him $350. Smith's license was suspended for one year for refusing to take an alcohol breath test.

McCrimmon pointed to evidence that Smith had trouble completing field sobriety tests after he was stopped for speeding last month. Smith had trouble with a heel-to-toe walk and standing on one leg because he's had multiple knee surgeries, his lawyer said. Smith plans to appeal.

The NFL sacks leader was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year after a career with the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins.
 

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