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Stallworth 30 days away from reinstatement

Lost in the recent upheaval in the Cleveland front office — and near upheaval in the team’s coaching staff — is the fact that a former member of the starting offense soon will be eligible to rejoin the team.

Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended receiver Donte’ Stallworth for the entire 2009 season after Stallworth pleaded guilty to felony DUI manslaughter last year.

Stallworth will be reinstated after completion of the Super Bowl on February 7, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello recently confirmed.

Whether the Browns want Stallworth remains to be seen.  He was signed by one head coach and two General Managers ago.  Still, his salary for 2010 is only $1.5 million, and with Braylon Edwards gone there’s a chance that the team will decide to give Stallworth another chance.

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58 Responses to “Stallworth 30 days away from reinstatement”
  1. xebulba says: Jan 8, 2010 10:33 PM

    will this receive the uproar that the vick reinstatement got? bet not.

  2. nopurplecar says: Jan 8, 2010 10:48 PM

    He may play football again, but not for the Browns.

  3. MasterShake says: Jan 8, 2010 10:49 PM

    They need to sign him. What team in the NFL wouldn’t want a receiver with the mentality of “get in my way and I’ll truck you”?

  4. GoBrowns19 says: Jan 8, 2010 10:56 PM

    Man, I’d still be in prison. How unfair.

  5. nerd says: Jan 8, 2010 10:58 PM

    He was never any good before.

  6. smo05d says: Jan 8, 2010 10:58 PM

    wow. totally forgot about that.

  7. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 8, 2010 11:05 PM

    The Eagirls need him. Again.

  8. dirtyTHIRTY says: Jan 8, 2010 11:08 PM

    Mike Vick gets almost 2 years for killing dogs.
    Stallworth gets 30 days for getting drunk and killing someone.

  9. Lowes_Islander says: Jan 8, 2010 11:12 PM

    Lucky for him he was only convicted of felony DUI manslaughter for killing somebody’s grandad. Could have been much worse, like if he had killed some cuddly pit bulls or something. Then he’d really be in some hot water.

  10. brady sucks says: Jan 8, 2010 11:13 PM

    he should never play again. goodell is a jackass. one guy does a touchdown celebration and gets fined 50,000 dollars this guy murdered someone is proven guilty and only gets suspended a year? goodell needs to get his priorities straight. starting with this piece of shit

  11. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 8, 2010 11:19 PM

    The Sixers have choked away two double digit leads this week. Last week the Eagirls choked away the NFCE Championship, a bye, and HFA.

  12. JohnnyH says: Jan 8, 2010 11:20 PM

    Maybe he’ll take some heat away from Michael Vick?

  13. Al_Davis_needs_a_dirtnap says: Jan 8, 2010 11:22 PM

    the Browns got be licking there chops.he’s better then Roy williams and the cowboys gave 1st and second for him.

  14. FumbleNuts says: Jan 8, 2010 11:22 PM

    Whether the Browns want Stallworth remains to be seen?
    Are kiddin’ me??
    Holmgren doesn’t want this friggin’ BUM to provide a “has been” poor type of me player in his new locker room.

  15. EskinSux says: Jan 8, 2010 11:25 PM

    so…….This means in 31 days he will have a hamstring pull

  16. BOO3LEGS says: Jan 8, 2010 11:27 PM

    cut him, and up Cribbs’ offer by 1.5 mil. that will take the offer to the point they want. no brainer (god i hate cliche’s)

  17. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 8, 2010 11:34 PM

    “Lucky for him he was only convicted of felony DUI manslaughter for killing somebody’s grandad.”
    Actually, he wasn’t convicted, according to the presiding judge. That’s why Stallworth didn’t get the four year mandatory minimum sentence. Well that, plus a whole bunch of money that said otherwise as well. He basically bought and paid with cash for the killing of Mario Reyes.

  18. billsrock1212 says: Jan 8, 2010 11:43 PM

    Another chance? Another chance to kill a man? Is this a joke? I was all for the Vick reinstatement for the selfish reason of watching a great football player and it’s been the same with basically every other suspension I can recall in sports. Stallworth on the other hand is a murderer. I don’t care if he was drunk the guy killed another man. May Mario Reyes RIP. Maybe I don’t understand the situation well enough, maybe if I knew Stallworth I’d think differently. The punishment by law wasn’t nearly as harsh as the one imposed by the NFL, which is a disgrace to our legal system to begin with. I hope he has to do more than just simply apply for reinstatement in order to get reinstated.

  19. Stinemonster says: Jan 8, 2010 11:48 PM

    Love how the priorities are so messed up. Kill someone and you get a few days in jail and lose your job for a year. Kill some animals and you get a couple of years in jail, lose your job, have to take then next one for less money, PETA showing up at your new place of work and people throwing back in your face what all you’ve done for years to come.
    Not that I care about Vick but this is just a little backwards.

  20. JCD says: Jan 8, 2010 11:50 PM

    Wasn’t it determined that the deceased was not in a proper crosswalk and basically could have been killed by someone who wasn’t in any way impaired? I’m not in any way diminshing this man’s death or condoning drinking and driving, but I believe there were some mitigating circumstances and that’s why Stallworth didn’t get more time. Stallworth stopped right away and cooperated fully with the police, unlike scumbag Vick who pretended he had done nothing wrong and lied through his teeth. Doing the right thing after a tragedy goes a long way towards helping you out in the long run.

  21. Favre On HGH says: Jan 8, 2010 11:51 PM

    National Felon League adds another body to the roster.

  22. qualityshows says: Jan 8, 2010 11:51 PM

    Oh, great. DUI penalties in Florida for athletes show they don’t favor NFL players over Gators or Seminoles.
    Mike Holmgren has a mess to clean up!

  23. KWKen says: Jan 8, 2010 11:55 PM

    Stallworth’s cash settlement had dealt with a sure to come civil suit by the family, it had nothing to do with the criminal action.
    Could anyone viewing this site say with absolute certainty that they or a loved would not have hit a man darting across a six lane highway during day break with the car heading into the morning rising sun? The man jumped over a highway barrier and should not have been crossing a highway at anytime.
    I understand that he was under the influence but that may not have contributed to the death of Mr. Reyes.
    I am not or never have been a Stallworth fan and I am a true Browns’ fan.
    If you are driving down a residential neighborhood and a child darts between cars into the street and you happen to hit that child and he dies. The driver would probably not be sighted. Because a person was under the influence should have no bearing on the facts.
    Our criminal laws are constructed that: If a reasonable prudent person would have done the same thing under the same circumstances, would the results be the same.
    I have no idea about the answer to that and that is why the Miami prosecutors had plea bargained the case.

  24. stnmmc says: Jan 8, 2010 11:55 PM

    To be fair to the man his lenient sentence was based on the Florida laws.
    I am in no way making excuses for his behavior, my cousin was killed 8 months ago by a drunk driver. But he was punished as seen fit by the existing FL laws, which is just another example of how messed up that state is.
    Whats the expression….don’t hate the player, hate the game.

  25. kosarsmyidol says: Jan 9, 2010 12:23 AM

    I personally don’t think that Vick or Stallworth should have been given another chance to play. The fact that Stallworth’s sentence was a joke doesn’t mean that Vick’s sentence was unfair. What Vick did sickened me, as a dog owner and as a person in general.
    Stallworth made a single stupid decision to drive while intoxicated, something that occurs all too often. While the consequences of his decision were far worse, I still see it in a different moral light than the systematic killing of animals for ‘sport.’ It’s comparing apples and oranges, but both players should have had the book thrown at them by the league and the law.

  26. EskinSux says: Jan 9, 2010 12:23 AM

    True enough Vox………Money you never had, or will ever have…So, what’s your point again?

  27. Richm2256 says: Jan 9, 2010 12:31 AM

    How ’bout the guy Stallworth ran over and killed, is his life going to be reinstated too?

  28. SF Saints Fan says: Jan 9, 2010 12:39 AM

    JCD:
    &
    KWKen:
    You both wrote what I was thinking. I have driven on the same road where this accident happened. I in no way condone the action of driving while still impaired, but honestly, how many people can state for a fact that they have never done so in their lives? I’ll admit that I have, but I have not done so in many years and intend to never do so again.
    The man who was killed was crossing a fairly major highway and was not in a crosswalk. Very sad that it happened, but it is my understanding that he was partially at fault under Florida law and Stallworth got what Florida law specified as his punishment.
    Given the seriousness of the outcome of Stallworth’s actions, namely death, he should be suspended for at least another year. Maybe then he can be re-instated.

  29. Zaggs says: Jan 9, 2010 12:49 AM

    KWKen, so if you or anyone in you family is in a roadway outside of a crosswalk you’d be perfectly fine with me hitting them and killing with my truck? Somehow I think not.
    But lets dispense with you fanboi lying. Reyes was not crossing 6 lanes of traffic. At most the causeway, as in not a residential neighborhood and in clearly visibile in the sunlight, is 3 lanes each way with a big huge divider in between. Hence its impossible to cross all 6 lanes at one time.
    Also what does the rising sun have to do with it? By Stallworth’s OWN TESTIMONY, he saw the guy. Thats right your man crush saw the guy in the road AND DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO AVOID HIM. Or maybe he did and the fact Stallworth was driving while intoxicated had something to do with it, or the fact he was speeding, or the fact he was hi. But yeah, none of it was Stallworth’s fault.
    Oh and by the way Plaxico Burress, who hasn’t killed a living thing, cant get work release.

  30. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 9, 2010 1:10 AM

    “I understand that he was under the influence but that may not have contributed to the death of Mr. Reyes.”
    Maybe the fact that he was also speeding did. Speeding and drunk.
    “If you are driving down a residential neighborhood and a child darts between cars into the street and you happen to hit that child and he dies. The driver would probably not be sighted. Because a person was under the influence should have no bearing on the facts.”
    What if he’s speeding and drunk?
    Ever heard of “reaction time”? It decreases with alcohol consumption AND speeding = less available reaction time to avoid an accident.

  31. MikeW says: Jan 9, 2010 3:16 AM

    why are people bitching about how long Stallworth spent in jail?
    Its the family of the guy who died that is the reason he only spent 30 days. If they didn’t agree on a financial settlement, no plea bargain would’ve been made and stallworth would’ve spent the 4 years or whatever it was in jail.
    and i’m liking how the people compare this to the Vick thing. again, in Vick’s case, there was no human victim, therefore the chance to make a plea bargain that would financially benefit the victim was impossible.
    And i’m sick of the “rich people get away with everything” comments. If Donte Stallworth had hit and killed somebody and that persons family wouldn’t put a monetary value on a life, Stallworth would’ve spent the same amount of time in jail as any normal joe.
    everybody blames the rich about this, but it’s the victims families which actually are the reason jail time is at a minimum.

  32. JunkYardDawg says: Jan 9, 2010 4:35 AM

    Michael Vick tortured and killed dogs on numerous occasions, over a large and extended timespan. He never did time for that, even though he admitted it. What Michael Vick did time for was the running of an illegal interstate gambling ring. so for all the people on this site that are honestly trying to compare what vick did to stallworth’s situation are completely out of line. donte stallworth was driving back to his apartment the morning AFTER drinking all night(he was hungover and blew over the limit). that evening, he did indeed call a cab to take him home. whilst driving east, into the florida morning sun, a man(also legally intoxicated as it turns out) suddenly ran out into oncoming traffic in an attempt to catch the bus(late for work after a night of drinking). the situation is terrible and unfortunate, and i agree that a human life is more important than a dog’s. that being said, stop comparing donte stallworth to somebody that repeatedly and knowingly broke the law with complete disregard. and then lied about it several times to the media and the police, only confessing after he got snitched on. stallworth was forthright during the entire incident and hid nothing. that is why he got a lenient sentence. read up people, read up.

  33. polishkingski says: Jan 9, 2010 5:00 AM

    once when i was a young man i stopped into a local watering hole to say hi the my buds. when i left, on the way home, i hit a guy on a bicycle with my truck. there was no possible way i could have avoided hitting him as i did not even see him. thank god i was due to have a medical procedure done the next morning because if not i would have had two or three beers and my life would have been destroyed. from what i`ve read, donte stallworths situation was kinda similiar to my own. i think the dude deserves another shot.

  34. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Jan 9, 2010 6:04 AM

    Let DS play, we all make mistakes. just ask the jay-walking pedestrian he flatttened.

  35. DonTerrelli says: Jan 9, 2010 8:05 AM

    It’s not like he intentionally killed the guy. RIP, but he had jumpd into the road from the median to jaywalk and got hit. I doubt DS wanted his Bentley dented by this illegal Cuban guy. They do it all the time around where I work, I just don’t go 45-50 mph, let alone, drunk.
    I think the Browns need to pick him back up, start him, and let Josh Cribbs whine about his contract for another year, since he still has 3 years left on it. It’s like he thinks he’s Anquan Boldin or somthing.

  36. promichael says: Jan 9, 2010 8:19 AM

    Wow, now the Cleveland Browns have to hire a Chauffuer to get Donte’ to and from practice. Remember Donte’ agreed not to drive for the rest of his life…..

  37. Joe C says: Jan 9, 2010 8:20 AM

    The fact Donte’ Stallworth has to live with the fact he killed another human being for the rest of his life is punishment enough. He’s served his time, and it’s time to give him a chance to move on.
    The Browns surely could use him, and paired with Cribbs (if he stops his grandstanding) and their other 2nd year receiver, the Browns suddenly would have a lot of talent at the WR position.
    Especially because Braylon Edwards took his hands of stone to the Jets.

  38. fletcher720 says: Jan 9, 2010 8:23 AM

    What you all seem to not understand is that he was not convicted of anything, and his sentence was part of the settlement he reached with the Reyes family. If they had refused to negotiate a settlement then he would have been in prison for a long time. By no means am I defending his actions, just letting you know why Goodell and the courts did what they did.

  39. last starfighter says: Jan 9, 2010 8:25 AM

    # polishkingski says: January 9, 2010 5:00 AM
    once when i was a young man i stopped into a local watering hole to say hi the my buds. when i left, on the way home, i hit a guy on a bicycle with my truck. there was no possible way i could have avoided hitting him as i did not even see him. thank god i was due to have a medical procedure done the next morning because if not i would have had two or three beers and my life would have been destroyed. from what i`ve read, donte stallworths situation was kinda similiar to my own. i think the dude deserves another shot.
    —————————————————————-
    good point. People need to stop comparing this yo vick. Vick continually and willfully broke laws and tortured innocent creatures. DS stopped for the guy he hit and showed humanity. Vicks punishment was deservedly worse.

  40. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Jan 9, 2010 8:36 AM

    Wow…one year later…same exact comments.

  41. mykolm says: Jan 9, 2010 9:02 AM

    Let him play.
    At least he’s no Tiger Woods.

  42. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 9, 2010 9:12 AM

    “True enough Vox………Money you never had, or will ever have…So, what’s your point again?”
    That you’re a loser that can’t be found around here when the Eagirls lose and that probably 90% of what you say about others is projection. Welcome back.
    I may never have that kind of money (we both know that you won’t), but I won’t ever have to live with the drunken murder of an innocent man on my conscience, either. Assuming Stallworth has a conscience.
    24-0. And 20-16. In Philly. 21 total possessions, one total touchdown. “Domination”.

  43. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 9, 2010 9:16 AM

    “If they didn’t agree on a financial settlement, no plea bargain would’ve been made and stallworth would’ve spent the 4 years or whatever it was in jail.”
    One is not dependent on the other. Prosecutors figured “one less Cubano, big deal” and it had nothing to do with the settlement because the family was going to get a bunch of money via a settlement or a wrongful death suit either way.

  44. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 9, 2010 9:21 AM

    “whilst driving east, into the florida morning sun, a man(also legally intoxicated as it turns out) suddenly ran out into oncoming traffic in an attempt to catch the bus(late for work after a night of drinking).”
    Uhhh Mario Reyes had just gotten off work and was going home.
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3982263&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines
    “Reyes had worked all night at his job with the shipping company Bernuth Agencies, located just feet from the crash. The phone rang unanswered at the company on Sunday.”
    His family and co-workers said he had clocked out only minutes before the accident around 7 a.m.”

  45. Cracker says: Jan 9, 2010 9:24 AM

    Everyone on this post has done something illegal, such as speeding, that could have had disastrous results. We got lucky, Stallworth didn’t. The guy that got ran over apparently shares some responsiblity for this. Stallworth readily assumed responsibility for his mistake, he deserves another chance.

  46. wydok says: Jan 9, 2010 9:25 AM

    I doubt he can still play.

  47. HarrisonHits says: Jan 9, 2010 9:31 AM

    WAAA WAAA WAAA say the Vick lovers.
    But then I wouldn’t expect Vick fans to have the brainpower to distinguish between 2 distinct types of situations. Not defending Stallworth but there is a lot of difference between a one-time mistake like that and years of systematic torture, blood and sickness as well as running a large gambling operation which all of you happily ignore.
    Should Stallworth have gotten more time in jail ? Absolutely. Does that change anything that sick twisted Vick did over a long period of years ? No dum dums it doesn’t. And just because Stallworth got lucky doesn’t mean that Vick should.

  48. dawgfan says: Jan 9, 2010 9:34 AM

    Hell… As a life long die hard Browns fan I want Stallworth AND MICHAEL VICK on the Browns next year!!

  49. Favre On HGH says: Jan 9, 2010 9:56 AM

    Wasn’t it determined that the deceased was not in a proper crosswalk and basically could have been killed by someone who wasn’t in any way impaired?
    ____________
    It was also recorded on a street light camera for everyone to see. Id Stallworth was completely at fault he would get the minimum 4 years.
    Didn’t see video and no one outside the courtroom can, but having the incident recorded led to the lesser punishment.
    Idiots can claim Vick’s punishment was unfair, etc. He never served any time aside from “conspiracy to engage in dog fighting in violation of the animal welfare act.” He got off the hook for a lot of his crimes.
    Keep opening your mouth though, show the world your ignorance.

  50. scrapdawg12 says: Jan 9, 2010 10:21 AM

    The guy shouldn’t be in the league. 99.9% of americans dream of being a millionaire and this asswipe drinks and drives, then kills someone and gets to keep his money and gets to come back to his job. I wish I could do all those things and still have a pot to piss in, but life isn’t that fair unless you play in the No fun league

  51. Bigbluefan says: Jan 9, 2010 10:26 AM

    Unreal
    Neither he nor anyone who has been convicked of a major crime be allowed to play in the NFL
    You could not get a job at home depot with a record yet you can be a millionare in the NFL
    Vick Stallworth Tank Johnson all should be in the CFL
    Criminal Football League

  52. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 9, 2010 10:28 AM

    “What you all seem to not understand is that he was not convicted of anything”
    Right, he just pled guilty to DUI manlaughter.

  53. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 9, 2010 10:39 AM

    “Everyone on this post has done something illegal, such as speeding, that could have had disastrous results. We got lucky, Stallworth didn’t.”
    Sorry, but I don’t drive drunk. I don’t even drink. I figure if a guy has enough time to flash his lights and honk his horn, he’s got time to hit the brakes and/or swerve. Why did Stallworth do neither? Drunk off his ass, that’s why. I don’t want to hear about how he might have hit another car or gone off the road, either is preferable to running a man down doing 50mph.

  54. Florio Equals Ass says: Jan 9, 2010 10:53 AM

    Browns will welcome him back. Bar-none. Stallworth’s return would solidify the WR corps (Massoquoi on the other side), especially since Cleveland’s playing chicken with Cribbs at this time. Give the man another chance.

  55. Stinemonster says: Jan 9, 2010 2:47 PM

    I don’t think this is a comparison of Vick was treated unfairly. I think this is more of a comparison of standards. In comparison to the value of the loss and the punishment the perspectives are a little off.
    I remember growing up and my friends looking at the high profile football players as role models. The attention they received the life style they lived. These kids now days are doing the same and the NFL is welcoming all the criminals back with very little punishment for the crime. The examples are not being set. People see the publicity that the actions are bringing and the lack of punishment for the crimes and it’s sending the wrong message.
    Now when you or your neighbors kids drink & drive, kill someone or get busted torturing dogs don’t get mad because they didn’t get slapped on the wrist. Don’t get mad when you think they’ve been treated unfairly. Don’t get mad when they pay the price. Don’t get mad when they can’t ever land a good job and an example is made out of them. Get mad at the ones who set the example that the crime doesn’t bring much of a punishment.
    I grew up in the DFW area and have been a Cowboys fan my whole life. A few years ago when Jerry Jones was bringing all of these thugs to the team I was about to drop the team and not care to have anything to do with them until Jones got rid of the thugs. It wasn’t about winning or losing that I was going to drop them. It was about the message that was being sent out and the example that was being made.

  56. JunkYardDawg says: Jan 9, 2010 6:15 PM

    ok vox so if reyes was coming home from work, that means he was drinking on the job. because he was also legally intoxicated. either way, i think his intoxication rules out stallworth’s. he ran into the middle of a very busy road, not at a crosswalk, and got hit by a car. this does not make donte stallworth a murderer. and yes, the reyes family took a large sum of money for the life of Mr. Reyes. so Stallworth got off pretty easy. Rich people get away with shit like this every day. Stallworth just happens to be a public figure that media outlets can make money off of. as they say, our legal system is color blind….it only sees green.

  57. OLDCRACKER says: Jan 10, 2010 12:59 AM

    So, when does Rae Carruth get reinstated?

  58. ProBallBabiesSuck says: Jan 10, 2010 7:59 AM

    The dogs were innocent victims, that guy was J-Walking, he deserved to die!

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