Congrats On The Reinstatement, Donte Stallworth, How About Not Running Anyone Else Over, Okay?
It’s hard to believe it has already been nearly a year since Donte Stallworth’s ill-fated, early morning joyride in Miami – the incident occurred last March 14th – but Roger Goodell stated today that Stallworth will be reinstated by the NFL some time after the Super Bowl after serving a suspension for the entire 2009 season. Stallworth was sentenced to a paltry 30 days behind bars after pleading guilty to a DUI and second degree manslaughter, only serving 24, and was later suspended by the NFL Commissioner on August 13th of last year. By all accounts , it appears Goodell will reinstate the wide receiver sooner rather than later.
Goodell said he met with Stallworth for 45 minutes to an hour before the Dolphins’ final regular-season game in Miami, where Stallworth lives. Goodell added that Stallworth seemed to be remorseful and worthy of reinstatement. Their conversation helped seal the reinstatement, Goodell said. Once Stallworth is re-instated, it will be up to the Browns and new team president Mike Holmgren as to whether the team wants to retain the receiver.
There will much hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth regarding how, it the grand scheme of things, Stallworth managed to avoid a stiffer sentence, both in the judicial system and by the NFL, but it is what it is now. Despite the fact that his conviction and terms of punishment were somewhat clouded by a secretive financial agreement with the victim’s family before a civil trial could be commenced, like it or not, Stallworth has paid his dues, as they were set out for him, and I guess he should be allowed to move on with his life. Although I do hope that his irresponsible actions on that night, while in the past now, continue to haunt him for the rest of his life.
Oh, I’m sorry. Did you need this soapbox? Sometimes I get distracted by my self-righteousness. I believe we can move on now.
Goodell: Suspended WR Stallworth will be reinstated [NFL.com]