Donte’ Stallworth is guilty.
But that doesn’t mean he can’t play football anytime soon.
The Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver has agreed to plea guilty to DUI manslaughter and serve a short jail sentence, followed by what is expected to be a highly conditional and lengthy probation. Stallworth had been facing a 15-year jail term if convicted of the same charge.
On March 14, shortly after 7:00 AM, the 28-year-old Stallworth struck and killed a pedestrian while driving in Miami. The pedestrian, 59-year-old Mario Reyes, had been illegally crossing the street in an unmarked section of road to catch a bus on the other side.
Stallworth, who had been driving his 2005 Bentley at the time, flashed his lights at Reyes to warn him before the crash. He then remained at the scene after the collision, and was later found to have a blood alcohol level of .126, well above the .08 legal limit. He also been traveling at approximately 50 MPH in a 40 MPH zone.
Not to condemn or defend the guy, but is Donte’ Stallworth the luckiest criminal in the world right now or what? If Michael Vick had caused this crash, he’d been in societal purgatory right now, but the large majority of laypeople out there have no idea who Stallworth is, or the fact that he’ll likely seeing the playing field again soon, despite the fact that he killed a man in the offseason.
Taking into account the fact that Stallworth signed a lucrative, seven-year contract with Cleveland just one year ago, there’s a good chance that not only will he return to the NFL, but he’ll do it with his current ballclub, as well.
Interesting how our society works.