Dante Stallworth Suspended for Season

Blueyes

Registered Member
#1
They are taking these issues seriously now or there just must be more of them.

Goodell: Stallworth suspended for season, placed 'stain' on NFL, players

NFL.com Wire Reports
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth was suspended without pay for this season Thursday after pleading guilty to killing a pedestrian while driving drunk. He cannot participate in any team activities until his reinstatement after the Super Bowl.
"Your conduct endangered yourself and others, leading to the death of an innocent man," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to Stallworth explaining his decision. "The NFL and NFL players must live with the stain that you have placed on their reputations."
Donte' Stallworth, WR
Cleveland Browns

2008 Statistics
Receptions: 17
Yards: 170
Touchdowns: 1

Stallworth released a statement Thursday, urging fans not to judge all NFL players based on his actions.
"Commissioner Goodell called me this morning," the statement read. "Obviously, I am disappointed, but, as I said previously, I accept the Commissioner’s decision. Regardless of the length of my suspension, I will carry the burden of Mr. Reyes’ death for the rest of my life. I urge NFL fans not to judge NFL players or me based on my tragic lapse in judgment. I am a good person who did a bad thing. I will use the period of my suspension to reflect, fulfill my obligations, and use this experience to make a positive impact on the lives of those who look up to NFL players."
Stallworth struck 59-year-old Mario Reyes on March 14 in Miami. Stallworth pleaded guilty June 16 to DUI manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and was indefinitely suspended by Goodell two days later.
Stallworth drew a 30-day jail sentence and reached an undisclosed financial settlement with the family of Reyes, who was leaving his job as a crane operator when he was struck.
Goodell said he didn't take into account the sentence in determining that Stallworth violated the league's substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.
Goodell held a hearing with Stallworth, his representatives and union officials Aug. 5. Goodell also privately met with Stallworth on Monday at the receiver's request.
"As you recognized both at and following the hearing, guilt or innocence as a matter of criminal law is not the same as a violation of NFL policies," Goodell wrote.



Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns in 2008. He received a $4.5 million roster-signing bonus the night before the crash. He will lose the remaining $745,000 on his contract for 2009.
Browns coach Eric Mangini wouldn't say whether he was open to bringing Stallworth back next season.
"In terms of that, in terms of what the future holds, there's really no decision that's been made, there's no timetable that's been set," Mangini said. "The focus is on what we have to do here, the players that are here, and that's really the direction we're headed."
This was Goodell's second high-profile disciplinary decision in the last three weeks. On July 27, he conditionally reinstated Michael Vick after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback served 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring.
Police said Stallworth had spent the night drinking at a Miami Beach club and had a blood-alcohol level of .126, above Florida's .08 legal limit. Besides jail time, his sentence included two years of house arrest, eight years of probation and other restrictions.
Prosecutors have said surveillance video showed Reyes running across MacArthur Causeway and being hit by Stallworth's 2005 Bentley. On a recorded 911 call, Stallworth said that Reyes "came out of nowhere." A police report said Reyes was rushing to catch a bus home.
Stallworth also has played for the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints. His first year with the Browns was marred by injuries. He hurt his leg in training camp, sidelining him for most of the season.
When the Browns signed Stallworth in 2008, they hoped he could be a complementary No. 2 receiver and take pressure off Braylon Edwards. But Stallworth never got going because of the injury and made just seven starts. Edwards spent the season dropping important passes, and Cleveland finished 4-12.
Once it became apparent that Stallworth could miss time, the Browns signed 12-year veteran David Patten and drafted Brian Robiskie and Mohammed Massaquoi in April to add depth at receiver.
"I can say that I respect the commissioner very much and I respect the process and I respect the decision," Mangini said. "Our focus, mine and the team's focus, is on the task at hand and getting ready for the season."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
 

oxyMORON

A Darker Knight
#3
I've been watching the report on this on ESPN all day.

Actually I feel sorry for him. If he hadn't consumed alcohol, the blame for this incident may have been put on Reyes' shoulders. I've heard many stories of people running out in front of cars (especially high end cars) to get injured, and then collect money from insurance or from legal cases.

The security video obtained even showed that the guy was behind a tree and raced out into the street. What kind of idiot does that?

I believe that because Dante had an illegal level of alcohol in his blood, he got screwed over. Drunk or sober, you can't do anything if a dumbass runs out in front of your car. What an unfortunate event.
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
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#4
Goodell doesn't mess around. I expected him to get suspended but not for a full year. He must be extremely dissapointed with this decision because Football would of probably helped him take his mind off the incident.
 

Millz

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I've been watching the report on this on ESPN all day.

Actually I feel sorry for him. If he hadn't consumed alcohol, the blame for this incident may have been put on Reyes' shoulders. I've heard many stories of people running out in front of cars (especially high end cars) to get injured, and then collect money from insurance or from legal cases.

The security video obtained even showed that the guy was behind a tree and raced out into the street. What kind of idiot does that?

I believe that because Dante had an illegal level of alcohol in his blood, he got screwed over. Drunk or sober, you can't do anything if a dumbass runs out in front of your car. What an unfortunate event.
I suppose you do have a point...if Stallworth isn't drunk he probably avoids the idiot who ran into the street. Still you shouldnt drink and drive and he's paying for it.

I think Goddell had to do this...sure it sucks for Stallworth but he had to be made an example out of.
 

Merc

Certified Shitlord
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Oxy said most of what I was going to say.

Not to mention, according to the family of the deceased, he seemed very genuine in his concern and grief over what he did. I mean, the media is shitting all over this dude because of his short sentence and it's not right. They reached an agreement that the family of the deceased agreed to. A year suspension sounds good but I hate all this talk of "stains" and shit.

Half of the NFL has a fucking criminal record anyways and the coaches and staff are rarely much better and that's simply because we're human and humans make glorious mistakes, no matter who you are. Stallworth is taking a beating because his mistake was alcohol related and alcohol is one of those things the US is high up its ass about.