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Stallworth Suspended Indefinitely by NFL

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Browns receiver Donte’ Stallworth won’t be playing anytime soon for the team, as today he was indefinitely suspended by the NFL on Thursday for driving drunk and killing a pedestrian in Miami on March 14th. “The conduct reflected in your guilty plea resulted in the tragic loss of life and was inexcusable,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Stallworth.

“While the criminal justice system has determined the legal consequences of this incident, it is my responsibility as NFL commissioner to determine appropriate league discipline for your actions, which have caused irreparable harm to the victim and his family, your club, your fellow players and the NFL,” Goodell said.

Stallworth won’t be paid during the suspension, pleaded guilty this month to a DUI manslaughter charge for striking Mario Reyes on March 14. He began serving a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday and has reached a financial settlement with the family of the 59-year-old construction worker.

After jail, Stallworth must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation. The house arrest provisions would allow him to play.

Goodell said that, eventually, he would contact Stallworth’s representatives before determining the length of the suspension. “There is no reasonable dispute that your continued eligibility for participation at this time would undermine the integrity of and public confidence in our league,” Goodell said.

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2 Responses to “Stallworth Suspended Indefinitely by NFL”

  1. Logan says:

    Godell is such an asshole…….seriously its like unconstitutional of him to do this its like double jeparody, effin BS man. He already got his legal reprecusions and his civil repercusions, if he gets anything more than a 8 game sit out then I am going to be pissed. Plus the browns will be bent over b/c he takes so much off the cap, they NFL should make a rule that if a player violates league conduct and the commish has to get involed then if they waive them the cap space is not affected negatively.

  2. Clayton says:

    Well it looks like I have to eat my words as Donte seems headed for a much lengthier suspension than I anticipated (a year or more). The problem with Goodell’s statement is that it penalizes Stallworth for things other than how his conduct has affected the Team and the League. It has always been accepted that private consequences are the purview of the Courts, yet the Commissioner speaks of the impact on Mr. Reyes’ family. I think that sets a dangerous precedent. I’m not saying that it is unreasonable to suspend Stallworth; but the reasons should be limited to how his criminal behaviour has adversely impacted the Cleveland Browns, his fellow players in Cleveland and around the League, and the NFL in general.

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