The Washington Times - October 31, 2013, 04:05PM

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan responded to comments made Wednesday by former defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who ran down Shanahan’s character and reputation during an appearance on a Tennessee radio broadcast.

“The people that I look at that come back and complain, or do some of those things that you do when you don’t get along with somebody as a head coach or as an assistant coach – it usually falls into one of those couple areas: lazy, lack of passion, and a lot of times, a lack of character,” Shanahan said. “He fits all three.”

Shanahan and Haynesworth notoriously butted heads in 2010, which was Shanahan’s first season with the Redskins and Haynesworth’s second. Shanahan suspended Haynesworth for the final four games for “conduct detrimental to the team,” and then traded him to the New England Patriots in July 2011.

Haynesworth lasted only six games with the Patriots before he was released following an argument with an assistant coach during a game, and he finished the season, and thus far his career, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The defensive tackle, a first-round pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2002, was handed a seven-year, $100 million contract by the Redskins before the 2009 season with $41 million guaranteed.

Haynesworth told the radio network on Wednesday that Shanahan is “conniving” and very self-centered, that he will inevitably ruin the career of quarterback Robert Griffin III and that “it’s never going to be the head coach’s fault – ever.” He said he has no desire ever to talk to anyone affiliated with the Redskins.

“They’re just people I don’t associate with,” Haynesworth told the network. “I worked with them, so I had to tolerate them, but otherwise, I would have never talked to them.”