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Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Posted on: June 18, 2009 5:13 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2009 5:23 pm
So Donte Stallworth is suspended indefinitely. Where's the surprise? That was a slam-dunk. Now let's see what happens next, and I'll be surprised only if Stallworth is allowed to play this season.

Remember, the Rams' Leonard Little was suspended eight games when he pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in a 1998 accident -- and that was under a more lenient commissioner. Roger Goodell is a guy who sat down "Pacman" Jones one season for a series of run-ins, even though he never was never found guilty, and that should serve as a guide here.

Goodell is all about cleaning up this league -- or, at least, trying to clean it up -- and there's no way he goes soft on Stallworth. Stallworth's attorney said the wide receiver "acted like a man" in stopping after hitting a pedestrian "and cooperated fully." Great. He still killed somebody while driving drunk. Now he suffers the consequences. He got off easy with a 30-day jail sentence only because he entered into a plea agreement, but Goodell won't be as forgiving. There are no deals with the commissioner.

I say Stallworth is gone for this season, and that's not exactly going out on a limb. As Goodell pointed out, Stallworth's conduct was "inexcusable," and his actions caused "irrepable harm to the victim and his family," as well as the NFL. The hammer comes next. Donte' Stallworth doesn't play this year.
Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:47 pm
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Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:45 pm

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Actually, the guy wasn't in a crosswalk.  He jaywalked across a highway.  None of this excuses Stallworth being drunk of course.  But, crosswalks are there for a reason.  Pedestrians need to learn to respect that.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:43 pm

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Are you on drugs?  The dude was over twice the legal limit.  At 7 am.   And what did he do to avoid the accident?  He flashed his lights.  No horn, no brakes, no swerving to avoid the guy.  Flashed his lights and kept on cruising at 50 miles an hour.  What a citizen.  I don't think we'll see Mr. Bentley in the NFL again.  Good riddance.

RIP to the poor shlock who was too unimportant to cause Mr. Bentley to apply the brakes of his $200,000 ride.   

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:39 pm

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

He should not get a suspension. The justice system has punished him. It is time for the NFL to do what it does best.. Entertain us with football. BTW- was the guy that he hit in a crosswalk? 

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:26 pm

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Whether he was hammered or not it was still over the legal limit.  Also he wasn't out throwing the frisbee with his dog.  He was driving back from South Beach early in the morning.  I doubt he had all 4 drinks right before he drove home.  As a professional athlete you are held to a higher standard.  Stallworth should have known better than to have driven.  Other athletes should take notice of this situation and learn from Stallworth's costly mistake.  Athlete's make millions of dollars.  Getting a cab/limo is small fraction of a days work.  I agree that the man should not have been crossing that road, but its still DUI Manslaughter.  He should sit out this whole year.  He can think about his mistake when he rides to the stadium the rest of his career with a lifetime revoked drivers license. 

Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:26 pm

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

I got a DUI once and blew a .089 and I can tell you I was pretty damn drunk at the time. A .126 is quite a bit of drunk at 7 in the morning.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2009 8:33 pm

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Drive Hammered, Get Nailed.  Anyone else ever heard of this or seen the bumper stickers?

I have a couple of questions;

Anyone know if there was an open container found in Donte Stallworth's vehicle?
What time do stores/bars stop serving alcohol in Florida?

I ask these questions for a couple of reasons.  I have seen it written that Stallworth was driving earlier in the evening and then took some time to "sober up" before driving.  If that is true, then he was actually very intoxicated at some point in the evening.  Given that this incident occurred at about 7 a.m., and that he still registered a .126, it's safe to say that Donte Stallworth had a very significant amount to drink on this fateful evening, and that his BAC was coming down when this incident occurred.  Assuming that he would have had his last drink somewhere around 2 a.m., he was pretty ripped at that time.  Being a professional athlete, his metabolism should be higher then most of us, meaning that his body would eliminate alcohol at a faster rate.   There is no way he should have been operating a motor vehicle at the time of this collision.

I expected the NFL to suspend Stallworth, and he should be entered into the substance abuse program as well.  He should have to attend AA classes and do a DUI victim's panel, as any of us would here in this state.  Donte Stallworth should do volunteer work with MADD and face the families of VICTIMS who were killed by impaired drivers.

Drunk driving is simply wordplay.  Whether you think he was "drunk" or not, Donte Stallworth, at a BAC of .126, would have been driving impaired, exhibiting effects of alcohol consumption including slowed reaction and recognition, and loss or impairment of fine motor skills.  He is guilty, and now he must get nailed. 

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 8:05 pm
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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2009 7:41 pm

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

To Vegas Dave,

Well Donte is 200lbs, so actually it would take 6-7 drinks in one hour to  reach the .126BAC, then based on the theory that he was drinking for 6 hours or more( you lose .01 per 40 minutes of drinking, or not drinking I should say) he would need another 7 drinks or so to maintain that BAC. Call me crazy but drinking a 12 pack and then driving isn't real bright IMO.


Here are some facts based on the B.R.A.D findings that do tests that will help in responsible drinking.
0.10-0.125 BAC: Significant impairment of motor coordination and loss of good judgment. Speech may be slurred; balance, vision, reaction time and hearing will be impaired. Euphoria.

Donte' fell between these two categories

0.13-0.15 BAC: Gross motor impairment and lack of physical control. Blurred vision and major loss of balance. Euphoria is reduced and dysphoria (anxiety, restlessness) is beginning to appear. Judgment and perception are severely impaired.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2009 6:37 pm

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

You have the police report that states this as fact? If this was true he would have gotten a much steeper sentence. The other driver probably stopped because a man jumped into the road where he wasn't supposed to be.

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