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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 28, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 11:31 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Playing in the NFL is a priviledge, not a right.  A BAC of 1.26 is more than 4 drinks - and at 7 AM.  The point is, somebody died because Stallworth operated a motor vehicle at more than one-and-a half times the legal limit. 

As for what you drink at the park with your dog - #1 - TMI, #2 - Maybe you're an alcoholic. 

Who throws the frisbee better after 4 beers - you or the dog?


itsjustme
Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2009 10:08 am
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Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2009 10:05 am
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Since: Jun 20, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 5:50 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Suspension for life, for being an idiot.  Why do rich sport stars drive their cars after drinking??  How many times does this happen over and over and over again.  Its not like Stallworth was heading over to a friend's place and ended up having a couple drinks and was left in a position of whether I should drive home after having a few.  HE WENT TO A CLUB IN SOUTH BEACH.  You don't go there ahead of time thinking I am not going to drink.  YOUR ARE RICH, rent a limo to get there and back.  So instead of spending $100 on a limo, he has wasted about $20 million (at least) in lost salary, lawyer fees and the huge pay out he gave the family (you know its a huge hush fund amount).

Suspension for life, although if he was still with the Patroits, I would probably push for 4 games.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: June 20, 2009 1:53 am
 

Vegas Dave Must Be In Love With The Killer

      
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sp;     The very first poster vegas dave said 4 game would be enough. Vegas Dave have you ever lost a loved one to a DRUNK driver? i bet not if so i would bet you would not say the NFL is being to rough on your boy Stallworth. This clown KILLED a person while driving a car while drunk. If you think the NFL is to tough i guess you are telling the world what kind of person you are. Forget the numbers, he would have been DRUNK in any state in the USA. But you think he should get off light. Tell the dead mans family that. Do you the think the family of the man he killed thinks 4 games  would be fair after the DA in Miami took the BLOOD MONEY and gave a killer 30 days in jail. I am glad alot of posters stood up and agreed with the NFL. I think the fans are tired of the clowns that think they can get away with anyway ( THEY CAN IF THEY DO IT MIAMI ) Its Time to tell the thugs they cant run wild.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 1:09 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

And more and more companies are implementing Employee Assistance Programs to help their employees through their mistakesWell what companies are these (well i am aware of substance abuse programs)? I have had a couple friends lose their jobs over things like dui's or some other misdemeanor (not even felonies). It seems to me the opposite is true, more and more companies seem to feel their employee's private lives are their business. I dont agree with this.........well i can, in a felony situation, but I dont feel a company should be able to fire an employee for a misdemeanor (unless it was committed during company time/on company property). Hell, many companies are doing credit checks to screen applicants now, so if you happened to get into a tough spot and missed a couple credit card payments, your not hireable! I can remember the day when if you didnt have a felony, you were "good to go" relevant to trying to find that dream job!



Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 12:57 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09


I agree with you 100% I am not suggesting that they get any special treatment becausr they are athletes. I'm just saying that the NFL is in the football business, not the legal business. And more and more companies are implementing Employee Assistance Programs to help their employees through their mistakes. I'm sure that in the next CBA, this will be a hot topic in negotiations. You break the law, you pay the price in the legal system. But I just don't think that any one man has the right to impose his beliefs onyo someone trying to make a living.




Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 12:46 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

canespanther, I can understand where your coming from, but how many people in the real world get fired over a simple dui? How many people cant get a decent job because of a prior dui or some other misdemeanor? Why should a vice president of a bank get fired and then have to go "make a living" in construction because he has a simple dui on his record and professional athletes get convicted of felonies and should just get to go back to their old jobs.........well just because? If you want to go down that road then it should be applied uniformly and equitably across the board, not just to athletes, rock stars, and actors.




Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2009 12:34 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

I'm sorry, I just don't get how any one man can say,  I don't like the punishment you received in a court of law from a judge. Therefore I am suspending you from making your living because that's what I think should happen!  We are a democracy, bound by laws and a judicial system that giverns these laws. End of discussion. If he gets 30 days in jail and reaches a settlement with the family of the deceased, and all parties agree. Then that is it!! These Roger Goodell's and David Sterns of the world have way too much power over peoples lives. Run your business but stay out of the legal business. If you feel the need to govern one of your players for stomping on someones head in a game, so be it. Once they change out of their uniform and leave the stadium property, they are their own men making their own decisions. If they should break the law, then as I stated earlier, we have a system in place. If they should go to jail, then they don't get paid. But when the punishment has been servrd. They deserve the chance to pick up the pieces of their life and move on. Michael Vick paid his debt, he'll be reminded of his atrocious acts everytime he steps on the field. Roger Goodell has no business suspending him further.


itsjustme
Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2009 11:45 pm
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