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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.
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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2009 6:32 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09


The victim was the one who caused the incident and would have been at fault Eyewitnesses said that the light turned red and a car stopped. Then Stallworth gunned it and went around the stopped car to run the red light.

I'm surely not the Einstein that you are, but when I'm crossing a street, and I see the light turn red and a car stop, I'm kinda thinking it's my turn to cross. If all of the sudden a car swerved around the stopped car and killed me I would only ask that my family remain defiant and makes this worthless A-hole pay. I would also hope that they would rid the world of all ignorance...starting with you.



Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 6:29 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

First offense...which resulted in the loss of a man's life.  This is a serious trgedy.  Yes, Stallworth cooperated with the authorities.  Yes, he admitted is guilt and did not try to cover anything up.  Yes, he was given a lenient sentence and yes he will ahve to think about this incident for the rest of his life.  But given the choice of thinking about this crime for the next 10 years in jail, or in his house (under house arrest), i'm sure it's much easier to forgive himself in the comfort of his million dollar mansion. 
I don't think he deserves any leniency, and I think the NFL needs to take a serious stance on how they want to handle people whoase poor decision result in the loss of lives-regardless of how lenient the courts are on the same people.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2009 6:07 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Not really trying to defend Stallworth here, but I'm pretty sure the guy he hit was NOT in a crosswalk; he was jaywalking.  Not an excuse for hitting and killing the man, but still.



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 5:59 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

yes, i meant .126




Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2009 5:57 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Actually your "fact #3" is incorrect.  Otherwise I agree with the post.



Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 5:53 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

It is a shame he only got 30 days and Michael Vick gets big time longer. hmmmmm the justice system. Everyone please pray for the family of the victim. Commissioner did the right thing...Way to go.



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2009 5:48 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

He Had A BAC of 1.26 at 700am. Do you have that BAC when you wake up and walk your dog??
Haha, good call... but you probably mean a BAC of .126, which is still well above the legal limit.  I will be incredibly surprised if he plays this year and won't be shocked if he is suspended next year as well.


clayt88
Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2009 5:43 pm
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Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2009 5:42 pm
 

Good for Goodell

He did the right thing on this one.

Stallworth:
1) Was Drunk - over the legal limit
2) Was Speeding - also illegal
3) And hit and killed a man in a crosswalk

Don't give me "but he flashed his lights" or "but he was barely over the legal limit."  He was driving drunk and killed a man!  He got off easy in court because he paid the family a couple million dollars and likely because the family didn't want to drag out an emotional trial in court.

If you see someone in a crosswalk, YOU SLOW DOWN.  I don't see how it could be the pedestrian's fault unless he jumped in front of Stallworth's car (which isn't the case.)  Anyone who thinks Stallworth is being treated unfairly is either blind, stupid, or just has sympathy for a fellow drunk driver (also stupid.)




Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2009 5:40 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

He Had A BAC of 1.26 at 700am. Do you have that BAC when you wake up and walk your dog?? This guy kiled someone who was on there way home from working all night. Stallworth should be in jail and never play in the NFL AGAIN.



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