Re: Patriots sign Donte Stallworth
posted at 3/19/2012 4:19 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriots sign Donte Stallworth
[QUOTE]Belichick really is a joke. I hope Stallworth wraps his car around a telephone pole before training camp and before he can murder anyone else. Because that's the only way I'm watching the Patriots in 2012. Disgusting. This team has sunk to a low I never thoght I would see. So much for "classy" Bob Kraft. Way to let your overrated bumbling head coach take a dump on your brand and defecate on the memory of your dead wife. Myra must be spinning in her grave right now. I can't believe my team found a way to punch me in the stomach even harder than they did when they gagged two Superbowls away. Congrats Billy and Bobby. You lowlife s.c.u.m.b.a.g.s. I hope this team goes goes 0-16 next year.
Posted by df5[/QUOTE]
Before you go off on the signing and BB and BK you might actually read what happened and decide that Donte did more than what most in the same boat would have done. He also could have fought the charge but did not and maned up and took responsibility for what he did.Manslaughter charges
On the morning of March 14, 2009, a 2005 Bentley coupé driven by Stallworth struck and killed a pedestrian at the eastern end of the MacArthur Causeway in Miami Beach, Florida. Stallworth was headed toward the beach when he hit Mario Reyes, 59. Police initially investigated the accident further to see if charges against Stallworth would be warranted.
Stallworth admitted to drinking the night prior to the accident. He had taken a taxi home from the bar and had gone to sleep. The next morning, he woke up and drove to get some food and had no idea he was still drunk. According to early reports Stallworth was legally drunk at the time of the accident; news sources reported that his blood alcohol content was 0.12, over the nationwide legal limit of 0.08. Stallworth claims that he flashed his car's headlights to warn Reyes before striking him. A Miami Beach police report said Reyes was not in a crosswalk on the busy causeway when he was struck by the black 2005 Bentley Continental GT driven by Stallworth. Police estimated Stallworth was driving about 50 mph in a 40 mph zone. The construction crane operator was trying to catch a bus home after finishing his shift around 7:15 a.m.
Stallworth was charged with DUI and second degree manslaughter on April 1, 2009; he surrendered to police on April 2, 2009, and was released on $200,000 bail. He pled guilty, and received a sentence of 30 days in jail, plus 1,000 hours of community service, 2 years of house arrest, and 8 years probation. He has also received a life-time suspension of his Florida state driver's license.
On July 10, 2009, Stallworth was released from jail after serving 24 days of a 30-day sentence.
The Associated Press reported on June 16, 2009, that Stallworth and the Reyes family reached a financial agreement, avoiding a civil lawsuit. The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.
On August 13, 2009, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell stated that Stallworth would be suspended for the entire 2009 season without pay. Stallworth was reinstated after Super Bowl XLIV.
A Yahoo! Sports story published August 12, 2010, reported that Stallworth's lawyers indicated he could have fought all charges with "an excellent chance of being found innocent," but that Stallworth chose to be convicted of a felony to do what he felt was morally right. The article later notes that David Cornwell, one of Stallworth's attorneys, felt there was irony in the reaction to Stallworth's decision because the public and media criticized the plea deal without knowing the full story.