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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 28, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2009 1:15 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09


Totally agree. Unless someone in here read all the facts presented, then you should shut your mouth. If the facts show that Stallworth could have been sober with the reflexes of The Flash and still would have killed the guy, then he shouldn't spend one minute in jail.




Since: May 21, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 1:12 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Just so you know Romanodav it is .126 at 1.26 Stallworth would be composed of 126% alcohol, he would be roughly, dead.

There are two opposing viewpoints on this issue...

The first being that justice is doled out by the courts and if they decided to give him this sentence then justice is served and it isn't Goodell's place to rectify a light sentence by punishing him even more.  And on top of that Stallworth has to live with what he did for the rest of his life.

The second viewpoint is that Stallworth paid his way out of a tougher sentence and deserves whatever extra punishment that Goodell decides to give to him.

Either way, the focus should be on the fact that you can't take a hard line stance against all offenders of your personal conduct policy and then let someone off easy because the justice system decided to.  Stallworth should be banned for a year, and hopefully my Brownies will release him.

It is a sad situation, but there are consequences behind bad decisions.


itsjustme
Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2009 12:54 pm
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Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 12:43 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Wow, so apparently crossing any highway is just downright evil. I think anytime I see somebody crossing the street, I'll gun the engine and try to hit them, drunk or not.  I mean hell, if he can only get 30 days in jail for blowin a .126, i should be fine if i .06 right?  Seriously though, isit just me or is this messed up?  Let's all blame the guy crossing the street trying to catch the bus so he can go home to his family?  Seriously?  Apparently driving on the road is a god given birthright and not a privelage.  Let's all get drunk and drive on the road, hit whoever we want, on accident or not.  Apparently that's ok to some of the people here.  Even better, blame the guy crossing the street.  Who cares if it's 4 lanes or 2 lanes?  If you can see the guy in time to flash your lights apparently, wouldn't you hit the brakes to stop instead of just saying...dude...look at my lights so i can run you over?  If you were crossing a road and lights flashed at you what would you do?  You'd turn to see what the hell was going on and by then it's too late because you got flashed by lights instead of someone hitting their brakes.  I mean seriously, use some common sense.  BTW, when you're giving blessings to the family of the man who died, realize that it's their poor soul, not their poor sole.  The guy wasn't a shoe.  He was a husband and a father.



Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2009 12:02 pm
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Yes my understanding was that he was running across the street to try to get the Bus.  Definitely the right thing by the commisioner.  I wonder if they made the 30 day settlement because Stallworth's attorney was going to argue that legal limit or not, it happened because the pedestrian was "breaking the law" and that is what caused the accident.  I thought I read that there was legal precedent for that.
I am sure many of us, in our lifetime have driven when we shouldn't have and it is a situation where, "crap..that could have been me driving.  Hopefully Stallworth is remorseful, unlike a lot of celebs.
Blessings to the family of the poor sole who died, just trying to get home from work!



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2009 11:58 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

I saw the pics of the INCIDENT/ACTUAL scene last night.....the victim "HAD" to have been largely at fault. The area is on a bend, with a median, with four lanes...omg what was the victim/Reyes thinking???? to try to cross that road right there. I now know why Donte just got slapped on the wrist. Driving DUI is still a criminal charge, i get that, and he deserves be hit for that BOO BOO. I just can't imagine that Donte at .000 vs .126 would have made any difference.



Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 11:56 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Sorry sir, but I must correct you. I must assume you have never been to South Florida or seen the road on which Stallworth struck and killed the man. First, the man was not in the crosswalk. This is most likely because there are no crosswalks on the 4 lane highway that he was crossing. I fully agree that driving drunk is wrong. He was going 8 over the legal speed limit (which most drivers do), and the man illegally crossed a 4 line highway, w/ a median in it.

It saddens me that people see DUI and immediately put ALL the blame on the driver. In most cases, it is all the driver's fault. However, in this case, had you actually known the facts, you would see that the victim is also partially to blame.



It's funny. Yesterday I was driving on a 4 lane high way with a medium and a person was crossing the street. I slowed down so that i would not make contact. It's funny how good driving will cause you to not even come close to hitting someone.

Here's what I think about people saying it is partially the pedestrian's fault. It is his fault he was not in the crosswalk. That's it. From what I read, the killing was completely preventable with even average driving. He has to be held accountable for this. I have noticed that in bigger cities, people just plain suck at driving. Some of it is congestion, but a lot of it is people are impatient and have below average driving skills.



Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 11:32 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Sorry sir, but I must correct you. I must assume you have never been to South Florida or seen the road on which Stallworth struck and killed the man. First, the man was not in the crosswalk. This is most likely because there are no crosswalks on the 4 lane highway that he was crossing. I fully agree that driving drunk is wrong. He was going 8 over the legal speed limit (which most drivers do), and the man illegally crossed a 4 line highway, w/ a median in it.

It saddens me that people see DUI and immediately put ALL the blame on the driver. In most cases, it is all the driver's fault. However, in this case, had you actually known the facts, you would see that the victim is also partially to blame.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2009 10:39 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Get some facts pal, he was still pretty drunk.

"Stallworth had a blood-alcohol level well above Florida's legal limit." From a cbs article. http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/

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His BAC was .126 , Florida's leaglal limit is .02. He was also speeding. Ya the guy was not in the crosswalk, but if donte had time to flash his lights, he had time to swerve or brake also.

Do some research or at least know what you are talking about before you post, idiot! 
you shouldn't be allowed to post.



itsjustme
Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2009 10:35 am
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