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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: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 6:18 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

lol, yeah, thats why I just visit the THREAD once in awhile now, I too noticed a correlation between not moving up, or moving up very slowly (as i have been, i think 2 points in the last 6 or 7 weeks) and visiting THE THREAD. I noticed since65 finally made superstar and he had been at 94 since i started going there in march. Well I am glad I finally dumfounded you. I wish you would trail me around more often, I tend to put more thought into WHAT i write and HOW i write it when i know for sure there is going to be any sort of an audience.




Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 6:07 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Don't know my friend, must be the adm. I was at 96 for the longest, then I visited the thread and BAM, down I  went. I really like your style, I do see your viewpoint, I can't disagree right now, lost for a good comeback, you got me. Actually law was in my life for awile, then I could'nt stand the manipulations of it, maybe your right , I don't know...rock chalk buddy



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 5:59 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Are you a highschool civics teacher? I understand how the law works and realize what IS against the law is not determined by a judge. I also realize that judges have 'guidelines' set by law............though the judge is free to issue sentences WITHIN the guidelines. Unfortunately, I am much more cynical then you are. I realize the incredible amount of inertia that exists within the government to resist change, about the same amount the bcs hasWink. We lock people up who get caught with a pound of marijuana for much longer periods of time then stallworth. We have two seperate sentencing guidelines, following along the lines of men/women, celebrities/non-celebrities, and people with money/people without money. So i will let YOUR great, great, great grandchildren celebrate that day when THE PEOPLE are able to overcome the incredible inertia that exists to resist change and bring about fundamental changes in  law that are more equitable, realistic, and evolve as our society evolves.

p.s.  noticed you went from a rating of 96 down to 95, what happened?



Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 4:26 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Sonny, you know my take on the soccer mom we discussed that, give me some credit there. I totally agree about the double standard stuff. The great thing with this country though is the laws are changeable. I know this sounds cold but the law is what it is and judges only interpret them. Jury's don't interpret law they just determine onus, responsibility and guilt. There were 2 faults here, one was fatal. The judge can only rule on the 1 fault, unfortunately for Stallworth it's his. It is within the judges discression to administer the punishment, he has that leverage. To you and I it seems unfair, but to the legal system, whigh has no face, no identity and no conscience, it was within the law and just. I don't agree with it either. People have to understand how the law works  first. We have the option of changing it.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 4:10 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

This idiot gets 30 days for taking a life and there are people in jail serving 20 yrs for dope, that's a bunch of crapI here you bro! How many non-violent criminals (usually drug related)  do we have (at taxpayers expense I might add)  serving MUCH longer sentences? I still havent heard anybody comment about my soccer mom texting on her cell phone with three screaming kids in the back seat post a couple pages back (because she also knows what she is doing, should she also get 20 years? its only fair). How about the 40 year old man who gets caught having sex with a 14 year old girl and gets 20 years as opposed to the 40 year old woman who gets caught having sex with a 14 year old boy, but gets 90 days and 2 years supervised probation? I grow a little more cynical every year. We live in one SCREWED UP, DOUBLE STANDARD society! To tell you the truth, I am ready to pack it up , renounce my citizenship and move to australia!



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2009 12:44 pm
 

It is a game , This is Life

The person was NOT in any crosswalk and in fact was also breaking the law by Jaywalking. Get your facts straight, although otherwise I totally agree with you.



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2009 12:39 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

If you kill someone as a direct result of driving drunk there should be a mandatory sentence of 20 years.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2009 12:02 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.THe reason is that Stallworth and the family had reached a compensatory financial agreement prior to sentencing.  The family wanted to move on, and since Stallworth owned up to what he did, and agreed to pay probably a hefty amount of money, the family was ok with that.  Also, Stallworth isnt a career criminal like Vick. That comes into play during sentencing.

Lets see

One guy has had numerous run ins, and tried at every turn to dodge the truth and lie.  He didnt take responsibility it was forced on him by the justice system.  The press conference where Vick "stands up like a man" and takes responsibility was a weak PR move.  He had no choice.

The other guy has no record, and although knowing he would be in trouble stopped, tried to help, and then took responsibility for his actions.

One guy is a scumbag who is only remorseful for getting caught, who happens to be a good athlete, the other guy is an athlete who made a bad decision and owned up to it.



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2009 12:00 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Stallworth's attorney said the wide receiver "acted like a man" in stopping after hitting a pedestrian "and cooperated fully." Oh because he didn't hit and run so he acted like a man?? Holy Christ,  that's missing the whole F'ing point.  He acted like an immature, irresponsible self centered little prick for getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk and putting other people's lives at risk.  It's obvious he put no value or has any regard for anybody else but himself, but what else is new right? That's the typical mentality of today's generation of NFL (National Felons League) athlete. ME ME ME ..and to Hell with everyone else right?  I think Stallworth should be banned for life and should have to give all his money to the poor victim's family. 



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2009 11:53 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09


all i can say is the Justice system in this country is F'd up which is nothing new but it gets a little old to watch year after year...\
This idiot gets 30 days for taking a life and there are people in jail serving 20 yrs for dope, that's a bunch of crap.  They made an example of Mike Vick for dog fighting why not for driving drunk which to me is even worse...what if he killed your son or daughter how would you feel??


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