The violence occurred after the Cowboys had scored a touchdown on a Julius Jones run. With Gurode lying helmet-less on the ground, Haynesworth repeatedly kicked him above the neck. Gurode left the game with blurry vision and received stitches above his forehead and below his eye from the attack.
"I apologize to Andre," Haynesworth told The New York Times after the incident. "What I did was disgusting. It's something that should never happen. I mean, I'm not a dirty player. I don't play dirty. I have respect for the game. What I feel like is, I disgraced the game, disgraced my team and disgraced my last name."