Thursday June 18, 2009 5:11 pm
I’d Much Rather Have Donte Stallworth In The NFL Than Michael Vick
Cleveland Browns WR Donte Stallworth was suspended indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pending a meeting between the commissioner and Stallworth’s representatives. Stallworth pleaded guilty to a DUI manslaughter charge for killing Mario Reyes on March 14 after a night of drinking in Miami Beach, FL. Stallworth has started serving a 30-day sentence in jail, which will be followed by two years of house arrest, provisions for which Stallworth will be allowed to play football, and then eight years of probation.
Considering the indefinite suspension leveled on former NFL superstar QB Michael Vick for dogfighting and killing dogs, Goodell had to come down harshly on Stallworth who actually took a human life, however, by accident. Stallworth acted stupidly and he knew it and knows it now. There has been nothing but remorse on Stallworth’s part, even agreeing quickly with the deceased’s family on financial compensation, although, all the money in the world cannot replace Mr. Reyes. From the beginning, Stallworth has been cooperative with law enforcement. On the other hand, Vick tried to keep his illegal doings on the down low and has shown remorse only insomuch as to be able to get back on the football field.
Yes, what Stallworth did was incredibly stupid, incredibly dumb, and incredibly irresponsible. However, there was no maliciousness in his action (and I pray for Mr. Reyes’ family), however, you cannot say the same for Vick. I’m hoping Goodell allows Stallworth to take the field a lot sooner than he does Vick because despite being a Vick fan before all of this dogfighting mess and still believing he has useful talent in the tank left, I wouldn’t miss having an NFL without Michael Vick. It’s been just fine without him. What the NFL needs are more Stallworths that take responsibility for their actions no matter how stupid they were.
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