"His goal from the get-go was to take that money," Cooley said on WTEM-AM, via The Washington Post. "He also indicated to many players on the team that his new goal was to get released as soon as possible, sign another maybe $10, 12 million contract -- that's verbatim -- go somewhere, play for a year and probably get released, and keep that money, too. ... This was open (knowledge) among many players in this locker room: that his goal was basically to take money."
Cooley believes Haynesworth was motivated by the belief that NFL teams have no qualms about cutting players before their contracts expire.
By all accounts, Haynesworth was a highly intelligent and principled professional athlete. Like many of that species, though, he's susceptible to falling into the trap of justifying a distorted viewpoint.
Armed with the belief that the league grinds up its players' bodies, only to casually discard them as part of a cold-hearted business practice, Haynesworth could have retaliated by attempting a thought-provoking expose along the lines of "North Dallas Forty."
Haynesworth was a blatant huckster. In another line of work, he'd be found guilty of fraud.