Suspended Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth feels he has done “irreparable harm’’ to the family of the man he killed while driving drunk and said he is ready to accept whatever ruling NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes on his future.
Stallworth, suspended indefinitely by the league for killing Mario Reyes while driving drunk in Miami, met with Goodell in New York Wednesday about a possible reinstatement.
The former Patriots speedster was recently released from jail after serving 24 days for the DUI conviction.
Stallworth yesterday apologized for his actions and vowed to conduct himself “in a manner that more accurately reflects who I am and meets the high standard expected of all NFL players.’’
“I recognize that there is a difference between the legal standard in my criminal case and the standard to which NFL players are held,’’ Stallworth said. “It is clear that I exercised poor judgment and caused irreparable harm to Mario Reyes, his family, the NFL, its owners, coaches, employees, and to my fellow players.’’
Stallworth thanked Goodell for the opportunity to express his remorse.
“Whatever [Goodell] ultimately decides is the appropriate discipline, I will accept knowing that I have profoundly affected the NFL and its relationship with the fans of our game,’’ Stallworth said. “I jeopardized the honor and privilege that I have been given to be an NFL player and to play for our fans. I am truly sorry.’’
The league has given no indication when Goodell will rule on Stallworth, who struck and killed Reyes March 14, just a few hours after drinking at a Miami Beach club.
Stallworth had a blood-alcohol level of .126, above Florida’s .08 legal limit.