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Donte Stallworth Suspended for 2009 Season

by: AnthonyP On  Thursday, August 13, 2009

Donte Stallworth Suspended for 2009 SeasonTotal Pro Sports – Donte Stallworth has been suspended by the NFL for one year without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct, and substance abuse policy. Stallworth will have to sit out until the conclusion of this years Superbowl, and will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until this time. He was arrested for driving drunk, and subsequently killing a man. He pled guilty to DUI manslaughter , and recieved all of 30 days in jail after a settlement was made. Stallworth was initially suspended indefinitely by the leagues commissioner, Roger Goodell, but after meeting with Stallworth this past week, Goodell made a decision.

A letter from Goodell to Stallworth read:

“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. Here, longstanding league policies make clear that discipline is warranted “if a player is convicted of or admits to a violation of the law … relating to the use of alcohol.” The degree of discipline may take into account “aggravating circumstances, including but not limited to felonious conduct or felonious injury or death of third parties…” All of those factors are present here. There is no question that your actions had tragic consequences to an innocent man and his family, and that you have violated both the Substances of Abuse and Personal Conduct Policies. In that respect, you are clearly guilty of conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL.” Read More – [NFL]

I generally don’t agree with professional sports leagues punishing already convicted athletes further, under the leagues own constitution, but this ruling seems fair. Stallworth, had recently signed a 35 million dollar contract in 2008, and was expected to be the #2 receiver in Cleveland before that failed. My question is with 35 million dollars, why make the stupid choice of drinking and driving? A taxi, or a driver, or a limo would have all sufficed fine. Instead Stallworth is now suspended without a years pay, and on top of that will be subject to two years of house arrest, and eight years of probation.

A bit startling is the fact that Michael Vick spent 18 months in jail as oppoesed to 1, he’s been suspended for 4 games, which is considerably less then 1 year but where does the NFL differentiate between murder and dogfights? Surely there should be a set way to evaluate suspensions, and personally i think it is absurd that Vick will have to be suspended after serving hard time and paying his debt to society. All while the murderer will be sitting at home in the mansion.

Stallworth suspended without pay for 2009 season – [NFL]




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