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Stallworth Says “Sorry,” Hopes He’ll be Allowed to Return to the League

Browns wide out Donte’ Stallworth is out of the league for now, but hopes that commissioner Roger Goodell will give him a second chance to make something of a chance to play in the league. And he hopes that he’ll be able to return sooner rather than later.

“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 and said he will accept whatever punishment Goodell hands down.

“Whatever he 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.”

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  1. Clayton

    August 7, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Donte did himself a big favour with that statement and his meeting with Goodell. The Commish seems to want some recognition that the NFL player code of conduct is wider than the criminal justice system. The only problem is that Goodell’s statement at the time that he announced the indefinite suspension of Stallworth was nothing more than a feeble attempt to act as an Appellate Judge to redress what some perceived to be an extraordinarily light sentence.

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