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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.

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2009 8:29 am

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Are you kidding me!!!! Not sure where you live but pedestrians always have the right of way in Nebraska. Someone could jump in front of your car and you could still be charged. Someone died while someone was driving under the influence... DIED.... there have been people going to jail for 5-25 years for the exact same offense. Regardless if he was "hammered" he needs to face the consequences of his mistake and since the Govt won't do it hopefully the commish will!

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 8:28 am

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Was it really necessary for Goodell to point out that he caused "irrepable harm" to the victim?  I understand the family's mention, but the victim is really an unnecessary addition.  And it kinda looks like the quote was chopped up a bit, but if he even alluded to the damage done to the NFL is anything on par with what the family is going through would be totally insane.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2009 8:26 am

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Vegas Boy,
You are out of your friggin mind.
It's that kind of thinking that is sinking us as a society.  How do you think the family would feel when they see or hear of a highlight with Stallworth making a play in the NFL during the season?  I think that they would feel a great injustice had been done.

Get it straight.  Donte was blinded drunk and if he had all of his faculties, this may not have been a fatality.

A life was lost you moron!!!

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2009 4:43 am

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

He SHOULD be rotting in jail much longer.  This "oh he made a bad decision" crap is just that.  To many people die each year to idiots who drink then make "bad decisions".  Until we start coming down harder on them they will keep making the same decisionsI certainly am not defending driving under the influence, but I wonder how many people die each year because somebody is driving and talking/texting on their cell phone with 3 screaming kids in the back seat? Do we have a statistic on that? How many  people die each year because some 90 year old, half blind person on meds was driving? Do we have a statistic on that? Like i said, It was wrong and I am not advocating drinking and driving, but as a driver, I would rather encounter a person with a BAC OF .12 then some soccer mom in an suv texting on her cell while her 3 kids scream and fight!

Since: Nov 26, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2009 4:41 am

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Suspend him why? His job is playing football, not being a moral activist. The judge handed down a sentence that allows him to play, who gave Roger Goodell the right to play moral savior.

Let Stallworth make a living, he has his own cross to bare for the rest of his days.

Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2009 4:25 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!

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2009 2:06 am

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Roman, I think you received a "10" as a score because your facts are skewed.  Stallworth would have been dead if he had blown a 1.26!  I think you got your decimal point in the wrong spot.  Also, the court found it inconclusive if the accident and results would have been any different had Stallworth not been DUI.  The thing is this, Stallworth and Pac Man are worlds apart and the unfortunate part in this is Stallwroth made a mistake and his mistake may have assisted in taking a life.  The dead guy also assisted in this but most of you want to forget that part because it helps your stance on the soap box.

Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2009 1:57 am

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

I have to admit that this is one contraversial issue but...  Were any of you there? are any of you Donte Stallworth? or the victims family?  NO then why is there so much hate as in this man needs to go to hell and such comments like that.  No one but Stallworth knows if he is in remorse and hes been through the judicial system they gave him a sentence and he is serving it plus he payed the family money. Now is money going to replace that father or son? NO but at least he is trying to alleviate the pain.  Now if he gave the money because of personal reasons or pure remorse only stallworth knows but what we see is someone trying to make a right in all of his wrong.

Now don't get me wrong I do believe that he deserves any bit of punishment that he gets from the law, but when it comes to football he shouldn't be condoned as the mess up of the decade.  Plenty of professional players have made the same mistakes and did not try to own up to what they had done and in that I think he should receive compensation for in the NFL.  I also do think though that he should be punished from the NFL but I don't think that a whole season is just.

I don't know who said anything about a crosswalk but that is false the man who was hit was jaywalking, but from the partial reports and biased media that I have read it seems that the man who was jaywalking could have had as much to blame as Stallworth.  But of course none of us were there so we don't know. But if the court gives him 30 days then I believe that this sentence must be in relation to the other side of the story that seems no one knows.  So let Stallworth serve his sentence and LEAVE IT ALONE because the press and the public are trying to act as judges and guess what they aren't.  If he has remorse he will suffer with it for the rest of his life if he doesn't and thinks he is gettin off easy God will know... and I think that is the worst punishment.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2009 1:14 am

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Yeah, it was his first offense, and he killed someone.  not only that, he makes excuses for why he hit him.  under what circumstances, pray tell is it appropriate to strike someone with a car, regardless of your BAC.  In addition to that, in 2007, sources in Philadelphia reported that he was in the league's substance abuse policy.  if that's true, then he knew he had a substance abuse problem, and despite that knowledge, decided to get drunk and get behind the wheel of a car.  who doesn't know the possible risk involved with deciding to drive drunk?  Pedestrians have the right of the way, and it's the responsibility of the person operating the motor vehicle to do everything within their power to try and avoid an accident.  That typically means doing something more than flashing lights at a pedestrian.  I find it hard to assign blame to a guy getting off work walking to a bus stop.  Donte should be in jail, for longer than 30 days and was lucky he had the means and motivation to literally pay away the responsibility for this accident.  if he's willing to break the law in driving drunk, then who says he's not willing to do it again despite that oh-so-harsh lifetime driver's license suspension?  i guess it won't matter either way as long as he has enough money to settle.  the suspension shouldn't even be a question, because you shouldn't be able to enjoy the fortune to play a game for absurd amounts of money having been guilty of a felony, and he should be watching the games from a cell.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2009 1:06 am

Only shock will be if Stallworth plays in '09

Basically the guy is LUCKY if he only gets suspended for a year.  He SHOULD be rotting in jail much longer.  This "oh he made a bad decision" crap is just that.  To many people die each year to idiots who drink then make "bad decisions".  Until we start coming down harder on them they will keep making the same decisions.  Superstar or drunk down the street it doesn't matter.  If your caught driving drunk it should be an automatic loss of license.  Your ONE mistake can kill someone. 

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