Cornwell says Stallworth will be "grateful, hungry and anxious"

Lawyer David Cornwell, who isn’t a player agent but who has represented more than a few who have found trouble (or vice-versa), was part of the legal team that handled receiver Donte’ Stallworth’s 2009 criminal case in Florida.

Stallworth eventually pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter charges after the death of 59-year-old Mario Reyes.

In response to the report that the Browns will be parting ways with Stallworth, Cornwell has gone on the record with an endorsement of the 2002 first-round draft pick.

“Whether it is with the Browns or another club,” Cornwell said via e-mail, “somebody is going to get a man who is grateful, hungry and anxious to prove he understands how blessed he is to get a second chance.  Donte’ has taken ownership of his tragic mistake and used the possibility of a second chance as fuel to drive him. 

“Days after his initial meeting with the Commissioner, Donte’ flew back to New York unannounced because he did not feel like he effectively expressed himself when he was ‘lawyered up’ in the first meeting.  The dialogue with the Commissioner has continued, with the two of them meeting again, one on one, in Miami a few weeks ago. 

“With labor disputes, salary caps and all the other business issues clouding the essence of the game, Donte’ is betting that either the Browns or another team will go old school and take a chance on a guy who is hungry and has something to prove.”

Stallworth’s second chance likely will come with a one-year deal for the minimum salary.  But if he truly makes the most of his opportunity, he could position himself for a nice payday in the future.

One possible landing spot could be Kansas City.  G.M. Scott Pioli signed Stallworth in 2007, when Pioli was V.P. of player personnel with the Patriots.  And the Browns signed Stallworth in 2008, when Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel was the head coach in Cleveland.

23 responses to “Cornwell says Stallworth will be "grateful, hungry and anxious"

  1. Whether or not you agree with Stallworth being out of prison now, he is. It’s a double edged sword in that, his actions killed a human being. There’s no way around that. It’s tragic and heartbreaking and I feel for the Reyes family.
    The other side is that Stallworth is a human being himself, and made a mistake. He did not set out that morning to hit a man with his car. He is not Pac Man or even Ray Lewis. He’s just a young, stupid man. You can be sure he’s grown up ALOT during and after this ordeal.
    I’ve never been in trouble with the law, but there are times I could have been and dumb luck got me out of it. I think everyone could say that about themselves…alright, almost everyone. If he agrees to give up alcohol and drugs…which I’m sure his parole dictates, then he is no danger to society and, as a human being, deserves a second chance to get it right this time. He should also donate half his income to the Reyes family, because they won’t get a second chance with Mario. Money won’t fix it, but it’s better than nothing.

  2. The issue here should be about everyone else getting a second chance. If Stallworth appreciates his second chance what he needs to do is spearhead a group which allows second chances to all criminals after release. Most people who commit crimes get little chance to show they can be a productive member of society. The background checks which are performed do not allow for second chances any longer. There are very few industries which will hire a convicted person; those industries are typical labor oriented and low pay. This does not further the supposed efforts of our legal system. Donte I challenge you to help in this matter, it will only make society better. (oh by the way, no I have no criminal background)

  3. He should sign with the Bengals. Given thier penchant for granting second chances coupled with thier obvious need for a downfield threat this seems like the perfect marriage. I say this in all seriousness as a Bengal fan.

  4. I love how people like Stallworth and Leonard Little just quietly (save for some angry words on the internet) go about their lives after killing a human being.
    Then Michael Vick kills dogs and becomes the devil.
    My point is that PeTA has their priorities straight: Value canine lives above human lives.
    Killers of humans should be banned for life. Especially since getting caught smoking marijuana can get you a year!

  5. Hey, look at Vick. He got a chance to rehab his image, got the Courage Award, and now is excited that he is going to end up with a big contract with a quarterback-deprived club. So, even the worst of them, professional athletes, get quick forgiveness and forgetting of the public and go on with their lives. Problem is, the bad ones expect differential treatment and that is why there is no accountability, with guys like Clarett, Haynesworth, Irvin, Adam Jones, Vick and now, Stallworth.

  6. wish i could get loaded, kill someone, say i’m sorry and admit to my wrongdoing, go to jail for a month, get the house arrest and probation/ community service, and STILL be able to cash in on a few hundred thousand at the very least… then people always wonder why society is the way it is.

  7. Sounds like a shoe in for the Bucs lame receiver corps. The Bucs lone bright spot was the steal of the draft in the 7th round. Another “has been, still wants to be” like Stallworth would fit right in with the likes of the productionless receivers in Tampa Bay.
    Raheem needs to look at the talking heads on the NFL pre-game shows for the likes of Keeshawn Johnson and Chris Carter who both would have more of an upside than Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall. And lets not forget the lame for the whole season, $9 million “I get Big Money then $uck” Antonio Bryant.

  8. He is still under contract with the Browns for the 2010 season. Holmgren is smart enough to give him a chance since the Browns recieving corps is weak currently, it couldn’t hurt anything.

  9. Come back to the Eagles for one year. Our WR depth is not very good behind Avant. Much rather have Stallworth than Kevin Curtis or Reggie Brown at this point

  10. @Alphabean-
    The reason for Vick’s longer sentence is not based on whether human or canine life is more important. Vick’s crime is taken more seriously by law enforcement authorities because of the persistent conduct of sponsoring an interstate gambling operation, and conspiracy to commit felonies. Seems strange at times, but the criminal legal system in the U.S. is often more concerned with the intent of the criminal, than with the suffering of the victim.
    The legal system is more concerned about the actions of a man who knowingly, deliberately plans to commit felony acts of dogfighting and gambling, than with the isolated stupid act of a man who accidentally caused the death of another person. It was the federal authorities who pursued Vick- and they have a different agenda than the state D.A. who did the prosecuting in Stallworth’s case. Like it or not, if you conspire to break federal law, you are likely to get whacked with a heavy sentence. In Vick’s case, as you may recall the state prosecutor declined to press the charges that could have put Vick away for even longer. The moral to the story is – if you are going to break the law, better not to break federal law.

  11. Aside from the legal problems, there’s another problem: Donte Stallworth is not a very good wide receiver.

  12. “Problem is, the bad ones expect differential treatment and that is why there is no accountability, with guys like Clarett, Haynesworth, Irvin, Adam Jones, Vick and now, Stallworth. ”
    Irvin got hammered by the courts. He definitely got worse than most other people would get on first offense for simple possession. $10,000 fine (max allowed), 800 hours of community service, four years probation, FIVE game suspension when the norm was four. Tagliabue said that he threw in an extra game because he said that Irvin was “a highly visible symbol of the Dallas Cowboys and of the NFL”. Nick Kaczur is a much better example of a guy that got preferential treatment over drug issues. And BertFarve. He basically admitted that he was getting and using illegal drugs, in fact his wife admitted lying and doctor-shopping so she could get him more and nothing was ever done about it at any level. John Jurkovic admitted to giving him drugs. Nothing. Not in the courts, in the league or otherwise.

  13. The reason Stallworth only got 1 year is that the victim was breaking the law as well by Jaywalking. Drunk or not, if someone is crossing a main street infront of your car you will have a hard time stopping if you do not see them right away.

  14. “Cornwell says Stallworth will be “grateful, hungry and anxious”
    Sooooo…he’s switching from booze to a combination of Ecstacy, weed, and PCP?
    I dunno if that’s a good idea.

  15. It amazes me that people want someone like this on their team.
    I couldn’t live with myself if I killed someone.
    He should donate 90% of his salary for the rest of his career, if he has one, to the Reyes family and/or charity.

  16. FumbleNuts says:
    January 24, 2010 12:39 PM
    Didn’t Stalledworth have a history of hamstring problems?
    That is an understatement. He has probably been sidelined atleast one game every year of his career so far for a hamstring pull. Hell, the last year with the Browns, he pulled his hammy in warm-ups before the first game of the season. Almost comical…

  17. clevelandmetal13,
    Really? You wish you could kill someone and get away with it virtually scot-free?
    And people always wonder why society is the way it is.

  18. as sad as it is the difference for society is the dogs are cute cuddly and innocent looking…but unfortunately not many care about the guy because no one knows him…it sucks but unfortunately its the truth even tho thats not how it should be
    This worlds gone crazy and nothing is hardly ever like it should be

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