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Cornwell clarifies purpose of Stallworth hearing

Though it initially was reported by ESPN.com as an attempt by Browns receiver Donte’ Stallworth to reduce the amount of time he’ll spend on “community control” (i.e., “house arrest lite”), lawyer David Cornwell tell us that today’s hearing was aimed only at obtaining advance approval for Stallworth to work out during his two-year term.

The link to the ESPN.com story from our prior item regarding this matter currently goes to an article regarding the outcome of the hearing — that Stallworth will be permitted to train outside of his home five days per week.  But when we published the item earlier today, the ESPN.com story plainly stated that the hearing was aimed at reducing the house arrest and ensuing probation.

Cornwell pointed out to us that the June 16 hearing approving Stallworth’s plea deal included comments from the Judge acknowledging that Stallworth will be permitted to pursue his profession “and everything that’s incident to that.”  Cornwell said that, instead of presuming that this phrase means Stallworth is permitted to attend workouts away from his house, a decision was made to secure specific approval of such activities.

“Rather than simply adding training sessions to Donte’s weekly schedule,” Cornwell told us via e-mail, “we thought it prudent, based on the Court’s comments, to seek formal Court approval and placed such a request on the Court’s calendar well over a month ago.  The schedules for the Court and the prosecution, however, resulted in the hearing being continued and then ultimately heard today.  

“Rather than seeking to reduce or alter the terms of the plea agreement, we made a ‘housecleaning’ motion to formalize an issue that the Court addressed at the plea hearing.”

We suppose this is the point where we should apologize to Stallworth, but we were merely repeating what ESPN.com was reporting.  Given that ESPN has secured an exclusive interview with Stallworth, we assumed that their information regarding Stallworth was accurate.

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16 Responses to “Cornwell clarifies purpose of Stallworth hearing”
  1. ProfessorEmmitt says: Aug 11, 2009 4:19 PM

    “What else can you say about a defense that get together?”

  2. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 11, 2009 4:31 PM

    So CLEARLY it was ESPN’s fault.
    How convenient for YOU.

  3. jwill007 says: Aug 11, 2009 4:40 PM

    ESPN SUCKS! And everyone knows it….

  4. TrojanMAAAAAN says: Aug 11, 2009 4:42 PM

    man up Florio!

  5. mborz says: Aug 11, 2009 4:47 PM

    Florio, I hate it when you do this.
    ESPN reported it. And so did you.
    They had a source they chose to believe. You had a source you chose to believe. You both reported the story. There’s really no difference.
    You would have come off looking a lot better if you’d simply apologized or if you’d left the “I suppose I should apologize” paragraph out altogether. The whole “they said it first” defense looks childish.
    You can avoid this from happening again if you never again use ESPN as a source for your stories. That’s what I’d recommend. That way they can’t victimize you like they did today (in your eyes).

  6. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 11, 2009 5:14 PM

    When Cutler backpedals from comments, he’s a PUS$Y, right?
    But when YOU do it, it’s someone else’s fault?
    So tell me:
    Who, exactly, is the pink glistening kitty here?

  7. mustbechris says: Aug 11, 2009 5:23 PM

    I’m usually a Florio supporter, but…
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2009/08/09/cutler-tries-to-clarify-comments-about-denver-fans/
    “We’d have a lot more respect for Cutler on this one if he’d either stuck to his guns or if he’d simply apologized. Regardless of whether his prior comments insulted Broncos fans, his lame explanation insults the intelligence of everyone who reads it.”
    I’d have a lot more respect for Florio on this one of he would’ve just apologized instead of conveniently passing the buck. Regardless of whether his prior reporting and comments were false and incorrectly portrayed the motives of Donte’ Stallworth, subsequently leading the many readers of his now-mainstream NBC-powered website to a false conclusion, his lame explanation insults the intelligence of everyone who reads PFT.
    Seriously. This isn’t quite at the level of reporting that Terry Bradshaw died, but a quick “my bad” instead of trying to explain it away would show much better form on your part. Especially after you ripped Cutler a new one 2 days ago for copping out on what could’ve been a simple apology as well.

  8. screaming sheep says: Aug 11, 2009 5:28 PM

    This house arrest thing is starting to sound like a good deal.

  9. Kidekk says: Aug 11, 2009 5:32 PM

    I think it’s clear to see that Florio needs to check his ego sometimes. It’s like when he was getting mad about the whole Crabtree thing. Very unprofessional. But wait, I forgot we’re in the rumor mill so he really can’t be blamed for anything he says because it’s all rumor and speculation. And when he reports and interjects his own commentary on the issue, the fact that he received secondhand information means that everything he said doesn’t count. Yep. You would think that since you have such a good relationship (or so it seems) with his lawyer, you could have actually placed a call or sent him an email to get verification of the story before you posted it. Or is it easier to put stuff out there then write “non-retraction retractions,” with unsexy headlines that don’t clear up what you messed up in the first place. For example, the headline for this article should have been : “Correction: Stallworth not looking to have sentenced reduced,” but you chose to go with a headline that could imply that Stallworth is still looking to reduce his sentence. You keep on calling for athletes to be held accountable for their actions, but you can’t even man up to take the blame for something minor like this?

  10. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Aug 11, 2009 5:34 PM

    Actually, this is pretty good that Stallworth had the hearing rather than just adding the workouts. Shows he is taking the restrictions and the supervision seriously. Unlike a certain other felon during his house arrest.

  11. mustbechris says: Aug 11, 2009 6:45 PM

    “# LiveNBreatheFootball says: August 11, 2009 5:34 PM
    Actually, this is pretty good that Stallworth had the hearing rather than just adding the workouts. Shows he is taking the restrictions and the supervision seriously. Unlike a certain other felon during his house arrest.”
    Which is especially great now that everyone posted comments on the last article about how he’s a turd and his sentence is too short. Yes, he f’d up big time. But, he’s accepting responsibility for it and seems to take it seriously and is doing everything in his power to try to make amends for it. Which is much more than most others do. This guy isn’t a turd in the usual definition of a turd.

  12. fairplay says: Aug 11, 2009 7:00 PM

    Here is a topic….One human can kill another human and receive a 30 day jail sentance and another human kills a non-human and gets 2 years in prison. Talk amongst yourselves.

  13. mborz says: Aug 11, 2009 7:16 PM

    fairplay said: “Here is a topic….One human can kill another human and receive a 30 day jail sentance and another human kills a non-human and gets 2 years in prison. Talk amongst yourselves.”
    Here’s a better topic….. Why do so many of the people who complain about this not know the facts?
    Vick didn’t get 2 years in prison for killing dogs. He got 2 years for running a interstate gambling ring.

  14. Ruboest says: Aug 11, 2009 10:05 PM

    I hope being “permitted to pursue his profession “and everything that’s incident to that” doesn’t include the usual NFL fare of drinking and driving, dog fighting, carrying loaded unlicenced handguns, making sex tapes, fathering children out of wedlock, and doing lines of coke.

  15. Ruboest says: Aug 11, 2009 10:08 PM

    Hey Fairplay, unfortunately the dog’s family wouldn’t accept a cash payout to forgive and forget – tough luck for Vick. I love the legal system.
    If only the pitbull mama would have taken a check for 2.5 mil…

  16. SixBurghDude says: Aug 12, 2009 2:58 PM

    Ruboest,
    Amen, bro!

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