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Stallworth honored by team award

Posted on: December 29, 2010 2:48 pm
 
D. Stallworth was given Baltimore's Ed Block Courage award (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

This is the time of the year, with the regular season wrapping up Sunday, when we hear the election results. The Pro Football Writers Association gives out its various awards to the league’s various teams – Most Valuable Players and otherwise – and players and coaches help determine the Pro Bowl roster.

We also hear the results of each team’s winner of the Ed Block Courage award, which “honors those National Football League players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.”

Generally, players are honored and humbled to win this award, because it comes from their teammates. Such was the case with Ravens WR Donte Stallworth – who is Baltimore’s recipient for 2010.

You’ll recall that Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter after he killed a Miami construction worker while driving following a night out on the town in 2009. Stallworth spent less than a month in jail, and commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him from the NFL all of last season.

But the way Stallworth handled the aftermath was one reason his teammates voted him for the award.

“It really makes me feel good to know that they see the type of person that I am and the type of person that I'm working on to become,” Stallworth said during a Tuesday news conference at the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum, via the Carroll County Times.

From the story:

The consequences of that incident were significant, costing a family man his life. …

Since that low point, Stallworth has tried to make amends, apologizing profusely to the Reyes family and giving them a confidential multi-million dollar settlement and sharing his personal story about how a poor decision can change lives in an instant.

"I'm going to continue to do what I said I was going to do from the very first day, to honor Mr. Reyes by really speaking out about how when you make bad decisions, the things that can happen," Stallworth said. "Anyone that will listen to my story and what I have to say, if it changes one person's life, I feel like I've done enough."


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Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2010 4:37 pm
 

Stallworth honored by team award

Yes there are priorities here.First and foremost jackass,Stallworth accident  was followed up by being sued by the family in civil court.He had to pay the family millions of dallars.Vick on the other hand was no accident.Micheal Vick is an animal.Vick repeadily tourtered the dogs by,drownig,electrcuting and strangling the dogs.He also had dogs used as traing dogs and would tape the victims mouth shut therefore not giving them a chance to defend themselves and watching as these pets were ripped apart by the fighting dogs..His character is that of a psychopath,in that he does what he wants with no consideration and care of the consequesces.He was fighting dogs.He killed dogs.He told the commisioner of the NFL he was not doing any of this before the NFL draft in 2008.He asked the owner of the Atlanta Falcons and the coach of the Falcons if he could leave practice early multiple times to go and voluteer with young children.He was not volunteering with anyone he was going to fight the dogs.He lied to he boss,his coach and the Commishioner of the NFL,to murder dogs.He also had guards to alert him if the police were coming to break up the gog fighting.Vick is and animal and should be treated as such.My favorite comment about this was from butt hole Whoppi Goldberg who stated "That dog fighting was part of Vicks culture and he should not be judged so harshly for it..I have one comment on that.In the South the KKK is part of a culture should we not judge them so harshly...(: 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2010 3:33 pm
 

Stallworth honored by team award

Jirsa52,

Your comments are well thought out and intelligent. I'm not sure that this man deserves an award but I do know that the crime he committed, however tragic, was truly an accident and a result of bad decision making. There was no malicious intent and I am sure that Mr. Stallworth has suffered greatly as well. I hope this man's family, and Dante as well, send a message to people everywhere about the consequences of not thinking before you act.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2010 2:04 pm
 

Stallworth honored by team award

Is there no justice?  This guy claimed the life of another individual because he was out partying.  He is winning an award while the family of the deceased have to live with the tragedy.  Sorry Dante, but you should give that award to someone else on your team more fitting.  What a shame!!!!



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2010 11:33 am
 

Stallworth honored by team award

Its wrong to compare this with the Vick incident. Stallworth made a bad decision that he has repeatedly stated he thinks about every day and wishes he could take back. He drove the morning after a late night of heavy drinking and his blood alcohol was still .12. No  doubt  this is illegal and wrong, but it is not extremely drunk. Also, the man was crossing illegally and stepped out in front of traffic. This was a combination of bad circumstances and bad decision making. Many peoplehaave gotten behind the wheels of their cars at .12 bac and did not have someone step into their lane of traffic illegally.  I'm not saying it isn't wrong, i'm just saying it is the consequences of the event that have people coming down on him so hard and not his actions. There is a reason his manslaughter charge was in the 2nd degree and he received the sentence he did. Mainly, because he wasn't the only one who made a bad decision that night, and that he did and has done everything he could since the unfortunate incident. he certainly deserves to move on in his life and career and he and Vick have nothing to do with each other.
This is from Stallworth's wikipedia:
  A Yahoo! Sports story published August 12, 2010, reported that Stallworth's lawyers indicated he could have fought all charges with "an excellent chance of being found innocent," but that Stallworth chose to be convicted of a felony to do what he felt was morally right. The article later notes that David Cornwell, one of Stallworth's attorneys, felt there was irony in the reaction to Stallworth's decision because the public and media criticized the plea deal without knowing the full story



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2010 12:14 am
 

Stallworth honored by team award

WAITTT..... WTF is Stallworth being honored?!?! didn't he kill someone driving drunk?!?!? he should be in jail!



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:59 pm
 

Stallworth honored by team award

you know what there was a HUGE difference between the two, albeit stallworth was drunk it was UNINTENTIONAL!!!! vick was doing the crap he was doing intentionally....so pull your head out of your ass and think before you speak on such matters



Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:17 pm
 

Stallworth honored by team award

Um, hi, I'll comment.  New rule: commit felony = kicked out of NFL.  Killing dogs, killing people, whatever.  You're out.



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Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2010 5:12 pm
 

Stallworth honored by team award

17 plus pages of comments about the article calling for the execution of Mike Vick for killing dogs, and nothing about this. Priorities, anyone?


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