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REPORT: STALLWORTH OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT

A television station in Miami reportedly is reporting that Brown receiver Donte’ Stallworth was “slightly” over the legal limit of 0.08 percent blood-alcohol concentration when his vehicle collided with Mario Reyes, a pedestrian who died as a result of the Saturday morning collision.
CBS4 in Miami reports that the report, which was made at noon by a local television station that CBS4 didn’t identify, could not be confirmed by Miami Beach police or by Stallworth’s lawyer.
If the report is accurate, Stallworth is in serious legal jeopardy.  In Florida, DUI manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. 
In contrast, Leonard Little served only 90 days a decade ago after killing Susan Gutweiler while Little drove drunk.
Regardless of the manner in which the potential criminal proceedings unfold, Stallworth also faces enormous civil liability.  The fact that he earned a $4.875 million roster bonus the day before the incident could make $4.875 million the bottom-line demand for the eventual settlement discussions.
Then again, Stallworth might never get that $4.875 million from the Browns, depending on the language of his contract and the manner in which it would be interpreted by an arbitrator.
UPDATE:  The report that Stallworth was over the limit comes from WVSN in Miami.  The online version does not include the word “slightly.”

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50 Responses to “REPORT: STALLWORTH OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT”
  1. bobsacamano says: Mar 19, 2009 12:54 PM

    he’s so f–ked

  2. ElCabong says: Mar 19, 2009 12:58 PM

    Sad for Dante, even worse for the victim’s family. Leonard Little should have never played another down. Stallworth shouldn’t either, but if he’s ‘talented’ enough someone will find a way to keep him on the field just like Little.

  3. roughingtheholder says: Mar 19, 2009 12:59 PM

    Career=Over

  4. arosen36 says: Mar 19, 2009 1:01 PM

    leonard little drove drunk a second time

  5. Finalyst says: Mar 19, 2009 1:02 PM

    Did he get Leonard Little’s lawyer?

  6. bcboncs says: Mar 19, 2009 1:03 PM

    No bonus for him. Sucks for the victim.
    Well maybe not because you can always sue right? It’s America!

  7. ICDogg says: Mar 19, 2009 1:03 PM

    Yikes
    I remember when the legal limit in PA was .15… I blew a .14 and didn’t get busted. It was still pretty stupid, I admit, for me to drive that way.

  8. Rocky McIntosh is the Next Big Thing says: Mar 19, 2009 1:06 PM

    Aaaaaand….life.

  9. mitchrapp says: Mar 19, 2009 1:07 PM

    They need to put the “fear” in the NFL. Send them a message and lock him up for the maximum. I mean jeez, a person died. Too many atletes, mainly football players cause havoc on the roads, IE. Haynesworth, because they don’t give a damn.

  10. lilbomberx says: Mar 19, 2009 1:09 PM

    he’s toast

  11. florio4prez says: Mar 19, 2009 1:09 PM

    Just wonderin…
    Any chance this Miami TV station is even remotely associated with or subscribes to same integrity standards the Tampa TV station that “reported” that Marquis Cooper was found alive?
    I’m as anxious as most to crucify Dante, but maybe we wait a bit here to see if this report also suddenly disappears from the net.

  12. ball-hawk says: Mar 19, 2009 1:19 PM

    2 problems: #1: dont know what the tox report is saying. #2: The guy was in the street……any good defense attorney will get the “DRUNK” part thrown out by saying 1 simple thing: Would Stalworth have made it home w/o incident if the pedestrian was not in the street or at least in a crosswalk? DONT BELIEVE ME>>>>happened to me, i was driving and was in accident w/ a drunk driver. Since they deemed the accident to be my fault they could not charge the drunk driver….same thing here, pedestrian not in a crosswalk could be seen as causing the accident. this will be interesting to see how this is plays out. ALSO: You know a slick attorney will dig to see if there are any other things to dig up on the guy who has died. Another tragedy that could have been avoided if AN IDIT ATHLETE WHO IS A MILLIONAIRE WOULD SIMPLY HIRE A LIMO IF THEY KNOW THEY WILL BE OUT LATE AND POSSIBLY DRINK!!!!

  13. DamnYouCursedBrowns says: Mar 19, 2009 1:20 PM

    Hold on to those bonus cheques, Brownies!
    What a shame! Hire a chaffeur if you can afford it.

  14. ABROWNSFAN says: Mar 19, 2009 1:21 PM

    First off, prayers go to the victims family. Secondly, stallworthless is just that, worthless. Please, randy and team mankok, do something right this offseason and cut him.

  15. papadakos says: Mar 19, 2009 1:22 PM

    Donte ‘ gets NO sympathy from me.
    If you can afford a Bentley then you can afford a driver to bring you home when you go out and get wasted at the skrip club.

  16. miller4545 says: Mar 19, 2009 1:26 PM

    WOOOHOOOOO!!! Thats one way to get the Browns out of the contract mess with him.

  17. PARavensJeff says: Mar 19, 2009 1:30 PM

    Dumbass, I hope he gets the 15 + they nail him w/ some other charges & add it on so he doesn’t see the outside world for a while. He can go to prison & become someone’s bitch.

  18. returner8685 says: Mar 19, 2009 1:31 PM

    “Miami reportedly is reporting”
    “Miami reports that the report”
    Redundant?
    I don’t know if this is a joke, but if it is… I don’t get it.

  19. jmclarkent says: Mar 19, 2009 1:34 PM

    Dante is going to have to worry about fellas driving up his one-way street soon…

  20. Leone510 says: Mar 19, 2009 1:37 PM

    So much for that “I had 6 drinks, last one at midnight” story.

  21. ayo75 says: Mar 19, 2009 1:39 PM

    Hey if he stays in the NFL maybe the bengals will take him? They love the bad media.
    Also half the people on here must be drunk. It’s called spell check.

  22. ButchD says: Mar 19, 2009 1:39 PM

    slightly over the legal limit, is well over the amount that you should have if you are driving. seriously, there is just no reason for anyone to be driving if they are drinking at all.

  23. urbusted says: Mar 19, 2009 1:40 PM

    I feel sad for all involved, especially the victim’s family. None of us should throw stones at Stallworth. We have all done stupid things including on occasion, poor driving. The only thing about driving and alcohol is the amount of education/information that’s out there. There is really no excuse for it now at all. I can take a stance but I won’t sit in judgment ( save that for a jury ).

  24. Fade 2 Black says: Mar 19, 2009 1:53 PM

    Seems like it will be difficult for Donte
    to avoid at least a few years of jail time.
    If I was a pro player earning big cash like that
    I would have an armed bodyguard-slash-driver
    at my disposal at all times
    and pay him $40-50K a year.
    Then I wouldn’t have to drive drunk
    or carry a concealed weapon on MY person.
    It would be worth every penny too!
    How many times a year do we read about these
    DUI’s and other mishaps with players?

  25. texline says: Mar 19, 2009 1:54 PM

    Talk about karma. Got a big bonus he didn’t deserve (was hurt most of season)and now is gonna have to give it to the family of someone that didn’t deserve to get killed by a drunk driver.

  26. MaineMan says: Mar 19, 2009 2:03 PM

    I’m not – repeat, NOT – saying this is the case here. But what if the driver is slightly over the legal limit and the pedestrian is way over the legal limit (for driving)?
    Seriously, you’re driving home after a couple of beers and some guy who’s totally wasted staggers into your path from between a couple of parked cars. What charges would you, the driver, face in that situation?

  27. alewatcher says: Mar 19, 2009 2:04 PM

    The NFL needs to offer a course in sane driving. These guys buy way more automobile than they are qualified to drive. They are not professional drivers, and the open road is not a closed course.
    I think Stallworth is hosed. If he in fact was over the legal limit, and especially if the report of him passing a stopped car in order to beat a red light is true, then he’s really hosed. Too bad innocent people have to die because of idiots.

  28. mdel1120 says: Mar 19, 2009 2:06 PM

    papadakos, Stallworth was wrong, but he was not “wasted”. A little over .08 is not “wasted”. I am a woman and posted a .12 when the limit was .10 and I’ll tell you , I felt fine, passed all field sobriety tests and felt absolutely fine and I weigh a hell of a lot less that Stallworth, who’s limit was even lower than mine. Luckily I was not involved in a accident. In no way am I saying Donte should not be punished, but don’t say the man was wasted when his test came back at a little of .08. I bet you’re over .08 every time you drink. Hope you have a driver with you.

  29. Elaw6 says: Mar 19, 2009 2:10 PM

    Lets find the double standard:
    Leo Little, Dante Stallworth KILL HUMANS and i hear no one calling for them to be kicked out of the league.But Mike Vick kills ANIMALS and people want to see him barred for life…
    I just don’t understand it.

  30. AdamJT13 says: Mar 19, 2009 2:11 PM

    The “station that CBS4 didn’t identify” is WSVN.
    Here’s the link to the story on the station’s Web site —
    http://www.wsvn.com/news/articles/sports/MI115914/

  31. Tyler E. says: Mar 19, 2009 2:12 PM

    I don’t think this is much of a surprise. These athletes have it made in the shade yet many of them find a way to screw it all up. why do you have to go out, get drunk, and try to drive home? I just don’t understand it. There is no logic to this and now Donte’ will have to live the rest of his life with the victim’s death on his mind.

  32. Cambodia says: Mar 19, 2009 2:15 PM

    While I’m not defending Little and Stallworth, Vick intentionally and viciously murdered dogs.
    Minimum 4 game suspension for DUI should be imposed.

  33. Shackman says: Mar 19, 2009 2:37 PM

    If in fact Stallworth was even slightly over the .08 limit, I can’t foresee any scenario in which he doesn’t serve some kind of hard time. Perhaps enough to effectively end his NFL career. And he better hope that his $4.8 mil roster bonus is bullet proof because he’s going to end up paying the Reyes family a ton of money in the upcoming civil suit that’s sure to follow.

  34. KBall7326 says: Mar 19, 2009 2:38 PM

    Yech, the guy just got out of work at 7am and gets run over trying to catch the bus. How sad.

  35. sn@ke says: Mar 19, 2009 2:44 PM

    He will never play again (not talking about his hamstring this time either), Goodel will suspend him, after the trial he goes to jail for a few years.
    Wow, what a mistake.

  36. mborz says: Mar 19, 2009 2:44 PM

    Elaw6 said:
    Lets find the double standard:
    Leo Little, Dante Stallworth KILL HUMANS and i hear no one calling for them to be kicked out of the league.But Mike Vick kills ANIMALS and people want to see him barred for life…
    I just don’t understand it.

    Come on. There were plenty of people calling for Little to be kicked out of the league, and if Stallworth is convicted, there will be plenty of people calling for him to be kicked out as well (myself included).
    And, simply saying “Michael Vick killed animals” isn’t really indicative of what he did. Hunters kill animals, and it’s totally legal, and they don’t get in any trouble at all. Vick got in trouble not for simply “killing animals”, but for running an illegal dogfighting ring, where animals are intentionally killed.

  37. FireAndyReid21 says: Mar 19, 2009 2:46 PM

    I’ll bet any amount of money he gets 5 years probation and a fine.

  38. JPeezy55 says: Mar 19, 2009 2:48 PM

    Cleveland Browns, staph infected losers and murderers… What a brown stain on the NF to have such a franchise associated with it……

  39. Vikingsfan says: Mar 19, 2009 2:56 PM

    I agree with the comparison to Mike Vick a human life does not compare to the life of any animal. Mike Vick or any other person should not receive jail time over the life of an animal. As far as Stallworth if they can prove that him being drunk was the cause I say give him 10 years in jail.

  40. PARavensJeff says: Mar 19, 2009 2:57 PM

    I bet his hands work just fine in prison when his ass is owned & he’s a prison bitch

  41. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Mar 19, 2009 2:59 PM

    “And, simply saying “Michael Vick killed animals” isn’t really indicative of what he did. Hunters kill animals, and it’s totally legal, and they don’t get in any trouble at all. Vick got in trouble not for simply “killing animals”, but for running an illegal dogfighting ring, where animals are intentionally killed. ”
    All true, but that’s still not why Vick’s in jail. The local yokels seemed more than happy to give him the Marvin Harrison treatment, but the feds don’t play that way.
    Vick’s in jail because he was dumb enough not to confine the entire operation to the state of Virginia. His problem was when he bought some dogs out of state, which invited the feds in.

  42. loki0284 says: Mar 19, 2009 3:10 PM

    Its a shame that something tragic has happened and people just want to see a guy fry because they are jealous of his abilities and bank account.
    Sorry to piss people off but its the truth. Does Stallworth have any priors? No. Is he anything like TO? No. So get off the guy’s back. Things happen and i’m sure one way or another his career is over. Even if he gets back on the field, he will probably never be the same player. Look at Javon Walker he witnessed something horrific and he never returned from it.
    Sorry detractors but he will never serve a day in prison. Why? Because he acted in the correct manner to the police and has been more then compliant with everything. The guy is a decent guy. For crying out loud his supposed BAC is slightly over the limit. And to the morons of the world, thats the Equivalent of 2 beers in on hour. By the way, no where does it say that he was coming from a strip club so stop making him in to pacman. Everyone who has drank, most likely has driven drunk and didn’t even know it. Stallworth even waited hours before hitting the road. Its unfortunate of the events that have happened but its a simple case of wrong place at the wrong time. If this was an every day person it would have been a 1 minute clip on tv and thats it.
    Everyone when saying that if you can afford a bentley you can afford a driver is correct and that is the main lesson here. Don’t put yourself in positions where you could lose you career. You think people would have realized that after plaxico

  43. Jeff W says: Mar 19, 2009 3:41 PM

    You people wondering whether he will get “suspended by Goodell” are delusional. If he is over the limit, he is doing a MINIMUM of 5 to 10 years. He has much bigger problems than football. He’s done!!!

  44. SteelersfansareInbred says: Mar 19, 2009 4:12 PM

    Donte
    Donte
    Donte
    NOT
    Dante
    Geez people, how stupid do you have to be not to spell it correctly when Florio spelled it IN THE VERY FIRST SENTENCE.
    How hard can it be?

    That being said, now we can finally dump his “I honked and flicked my lights before hitting him” lard ass.

  45. e.c. matter says: Mar 19, 2009 4:42 PM

    *****
    bpbucs61 says:
    I read these comments day in and day out and am amazed that the same five idiots comment on every story with an heir of superiority that can only come from a 35 year old man gossiping on the internet in his mothers basement waiting for her to call him to dinner. Get a f–king life you virgin wastes of life!!!!
    *****
    Here in Cleveland, we call them Steelers fans.

  46. Jesman says: Mar 19, 2009 4:48 PM

    “papadakos, Stallworth was wrong, but he was not “wasted”. A little over .08 is not “wasted”. I am a woman and posted a .12 when the limit was .10 and I’ll tell you , I felt fine, passed all field sobriety tests and felt absolutely fine and I weigh a hell of a lot less that Stallworth, who’s limit was even lower than mine.”
    .12 is a blood alcohol percent. .12 is .12 no matter what your weight. It is true that it took him more to get there because he is bigger than you, but he was just a drunk because .12 is a blood alcohol PERCENT.

  47. cantgetenough says: Mar 19, 2009 4:52 PM

    Little served 90 days for a DUI manslaughter in Missouri, which proabably doesn’t have as tough of DUI laws.

  48. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Mar 19, 2009 5:07 PM

    “You jealous f–ks love to see athletes fall from grace because you all probably got beat up by football players in high school. ”
    No, I think people just like to see murderers incarcerated, myself included. Why the hell would football fans hate athletes? Think, McFly.

  49. SteelersfansareInbred says: Mar 19, 2009 5:08 PM

    “JPeezy55 says:
    March 19th, 2009 at 2:48 pm
    Cleveland Browns, staph infected losers and murderers… What a brown stain on the NF to have such a franchise associated with it…”
    JPeezy, for the 100th time, shut up. You’re not funny, you never were. Problem is, in your small mind, you think you are quite comical, but nobody else does.
    ONE Cleveland Brown killed someone by drinking and driving. ONE. So your “murderers” line is not only false, it’s blatantly incorrect. Second, we had a few cases of staph, but that doesn’t mean the WHOLE team had it.
    HOWEVER, reports have come out to show that the Steelers used steroids in abundance throughout the 70’s.
    OUR team never had a player who beat a woman:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3302774
    OUR team never obstructs justice
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,482648,00.html
    OUR team never had a player “punch and choke” a woman
    http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/04/trial_about_to_start_for_pitts.html
    …And then threatening her life
    http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/04/jury_deciding_fate_of_steelers.html
    OUR team never broke and entered a place that wasn’t theirs
    http://www.wgal.com/news/13679321/detail.html
    OUR team doctors never helped supply the team with steroids
    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/otl/news/story?id=3831956
    OUR team never had a kicker go crazy over no paper towels
    http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_611755.html?source=rss&feed=9%20target=
    And what the hell is the NF?
    But why I’m pointing this out to a Steelers fan, who, let’s be honest, is grouped in with the rest of his less than intelligent buddies, I have no clue.
    Next time do research before you come on here. Moron.

  50. jaredperry says: Mar 20, 2009 6:29 PM

    Good job Donte Stallworth I bet your family is really happy with you now, go hang out with your cousin (Onterrio Smith) and talk about how you both DID play in the NFL..Donte don’t cut your hair because Bubba will think it’s cute..I hope the judge throws the book at you!!!!

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