Let’s Hope Donte Stallworth Hasn’t Been Institutionalized
After serving what must have been a grueling twenty-four days in the clink for running over and killing a guy, Donte Stallworth was released earlier this morning from Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, according to his attorney Christopher Lyons. Stallworth will now serve two years on house arrest and eight years probation. Add in his indefinite suspension from the NFL by Roger Goodell and it appears Stallworth will have plenty of time to contemplate how lucky he was to get off so easily.
I have on good word that his former cellmates had a discussion regarding Stallworth’s release and how they believe he’s going to deal with life on the outside. Apprently, there was some sort of incident.
ANDY: I just don’t understand what happened in there, that’s all.
HEYWOOD: Donte’s crazy as a rat in a tin shithouse, is what.
RED: Heywood, enough. Ain’t nothing wrong with Dontsie. He’s just institutionalized, that’s all.
HEYWOOD: Institutionalized, my ass.
RED: Man’s been here twenty-four days. This place is all he knows. In here, he’s an important man, a successful man. A starting wide receiver on the flag football team. Out there, he’s nothing but a used-up old first-round draft pick with an indefinite suspension hanging over his head. Couldn’t even get a driver’s license if he applied. You see what I’m saying?
FLOYD: Red, I do believe you’re talking out of your ass.
RED: Believe what you want. These walls are funny. First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. After a couple of weeks, you get so you depend on ’em. That’s “institutionalized.”
JIGGER: Shit. I could never get that way.
ERNIE: Say that when you been inside as long as Donte has.
RED: Goddamn right. They send you here for June, and that’s just what they take. Part that counts, anyway.
It’s weird, isn’t it? That sounds just like a scene from The Shawshank Redemption. The names of his cellmates were even the same. Talk about a weirrrrrrd coincidence.
Browns WR Stallworth released from Miami jail [Yahoo!/AP}