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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 7, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 10:34 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Got off easy?

I'm not sure Stallworth's sentence is "getting of easy."  Ok - people look at the sentence and say, "wow, 30 days is not that much for killing someone!"

He didn't run the guy over on purpose.  The fact that he was driving while intoxicated is the reason for the punishment (which is poor judgement).  But had this have happened, and he wasn't drinking, he wouldn't be going to jail or suspended - it would be just a horrible accident.

I dont' feel the legal punishment is lenient at all.

The man has money, and gave ALOT of it to the victim's family, and in their eyes, while it doesn't replace the man that was killed, THEY accepted the plea bargain.  The 30 days in jail I think is just a formality, but look at the other sanctions.  Stallworth is under house arrest after his 30 days for 2 years.  Unless he is working...he can't leave his house.  Then he goes on probation for 8 years after that...so if he messes up again, he WILL be spending time in jail.  He also had his license suspended for LIFE.  He can never drive legally again...so guess what happens if he tries to drive in the next 10 years?  Jail.  Even after the probation, with his record, if he is caught driving...guess what happens?  Jail.  He also has to do 1,000 hours of community service.  How many hours do you work a week?  Put that into perspective. 

I think the legal system worked here and don't think his sentence is lenient at all.

As far as Goodell's punishment.  I think he needs to consider the family's needs now that Stallworth has agreed to pay them damages, so he needs to work at somepoint.  His talent is football, and he should be allowed to play.  Whether its 4 games, 8 games, or the season - Stallworth should be allowed to play again.  If anything, the way Stallworth handled this should be an example of how to make a horrible situation better.  He can't FIX what happened, as it resulted in the death of a human being, but he has shown that you can turn a bad situation around.

Plaxico Burress didn't kill anyone - but I have more trouble with his situation than this one due to the way he acted.  If you think about it - he shot HIMSELF and tried to cover it up.  What if he shot and killed someone else?  Would he have still tried to cover it up?  At least Stallworth stood up like a man and did what was right.



Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2009 10:26 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Thank you Slam, I'm curious to know where Reyes was when Stallworth flashed his lights. Was he even in the road at that point? They say he was running accross the street to catch a bus. It seems like an odd reaction to flash your lights unless the guy wasn't in the road when Stallworth did it. There's definitely more that could be explained about that but something we will probably never know.



Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 10:01 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Stallworth deserves to be suspended for a long time - how long I don't know.  At some point Stallworth should be allowed to play again.  Only because he has a financial responsibility to the victim's family.  Goddell has to consider the interests of the victim's family and find the right balance between punishment and restitution.   



Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2009 9:51 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

"Did you know, In hick states, like AZ where I live, it is illegal to drive a pick-up truck with dogs in the bed!  It is still legal however, to have your kids, or people in the bed of the truck.  When did a human life become less important than that of a dog?  Do NOT get too bent out of shape, I love AZ..  Stallworth gets less of a punishment than Vick, and far less than most civilians  in AZ. would get for a DUI at .07 percent!  Not to mention in AZ. the offenders would be in a tent at 115 degrees and not in house arrest with 10,000 square feet of fun.  Keep Stallworth out of the league for at least one season, if NOT forever!"

Dens4d,

That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard. You are comparing apples to oranges. I don't agree with either things vick and stallworth did but I'll put that aside.

If Stallworth hit a dog, he would not get any jail time and he would not be paying millions of dollars. If Vick did what he did to humans, he would be on deathrow.

I don't think kids should be in the bed of a pickup truck, but I don't think dogs should either. It is obviously more safe for kids though as they have arms and hands to hold on to the side of the truck. Dogs can't really do much in the bed of a pickup truck and they have absolutely no idea what is going on. Like I said though, neither should really be back there because if there is a big accident, there is no way either would survive. That would be on the parents...




Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2009 9:47 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

4 games is crazy Vegas Dave and how could you put blame on the pedistrian?  First rule of driving is the pedistrians always have the right of way and if Stallworth didn't have a drink he probally would have avoided this mess. I'm not saying that Stallworth is totally at fault, becuase if the pedistrian hadn't gotten hit (or killed) he should've received a jay walking ticket.

I think Goodell is being harsh as well and would come out and say 8 games once he's finished is 24 days of jail.




Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 9:03 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Get your facts straight Chicago-Pack.  The man who got hit and killed was jaywalking, he was not at a crosswalk.  I think Stallworth got off easy, and think Goodell is doing the right thing here, but I hate it when people passionatley state their views when they don't know what they're talking about.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2009 8:54 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

alright, I know it is a new commissioner but Ray Lewis killed a guy...or at least was involved in the murder and subsequent attempted cover-up of someone.  While I certainly don't condone or support Stallworth in any way, and believe the only reason he is getting off the way he is is because of his money, suspending someone for an entire season or more for what a situation that really could happen to just about anyone (not that it should) seems to be completely off kilt of previous precedent. 

To be clear, I'm not saying that Stallworth shouldn't be suspended and shouldn't be suspended for a long period of time, but how could the NFL justify suspending someone for a stupid decision with terrible consequences for longer than someone [Ray Lewis] who was, involved in cold blooded murder.  No Lewis didn't pull the trigger and very well may not have known what was going on until too late but he didn't try to stop it and didn't turn anyone in until he was facing serious jailtime.  Lewis got what...6 games?  Leonard Little 8 games?  Now Stallworth 16 or 32?  C'mon now.

I'm really happy that Goodell is being tough on thugs in the league but...I'm just curious how this is going to pan out and what it will mean in future decisions.  When will these idiots hire a freaking driver when they are going out?  Seriously?  If I had unlimited millions of dollars...I wouldn't drive myself anywhere, ever.



Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2009 8:48 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

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Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 8:45 am
 

The man was not hit in a crosswalk

, the victim was not crossing at a crosswalk. He ran across a highway illegally and went right into the path of Stallworth's car. I understand that Stallworth was drunk and at fault as a result of that, but the man crossing the highway was also in the wrong because he did not look and ran across a highway. Good things don't happen when you make a bad judgement like that. Stallworth did not have much of a chance to avoid him as a result. He did not see him dart across the highway until it was too late. Stallworth used bad judgement in driving drunk but the man he hit also used bad judgement by running across a highway to catch a bus without looking. There was no crosswalk there.



Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 8:41 am
 

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

You are a moron and aan idiot and were probably drunk when you wrote this. I hate suck up peons like you who worship these worthless creeps


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