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Thursday, April 02, 2009
Donte Stallworth Facing DUI Manslaughter Charges and Uncertain NFL Future

I have a new column on on Donte Stallworth being charged with DUI manslaughter and what it might mean for his NFL career. Here's an excerpt of the column.

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Stallworth, who will turn 29 in November, would likely struggle to resume an NFL career after serving several years in prison. In addition, he would not earn income while in prison, even if the Browns elected to hold onto his contract for salary cap purposes (as the Falcons did with Michael Vick after his conviction): pursuant to the NFL's personnel conduct policy, commissioner Roger Goodell would be poised to suspend Stallworth indefinitely following a conviction.

Stallworth's legal woes won't end with criminal law. Expect Reyes' family to consider bringing a wrongful death lawsuit against him under Florida tort law. As Florida employs a comparative negligence system, Reyes' responsibility for his own death -- e.g., failing to use the crosswalk -- would reduce any monetary judgment for Reyes' relatives.

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To read the rest of the column, click here.


The Browns have a history of players with attitude problems... so sad for a once proud franchise to be reduced to this...

Anonymous bucky lasek -- 4/02/2009 1:38 AM  

I don't feel sorry for Mr. Stallworth. He has had a blessed life. Wealth should not be a barrier to receiving equal punishment under the law. The first thing that he dis after being arrested was to hire a white attorney. Now as a black man he has alienated two racial groups, the hispanics and blacks.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 4/02/2009 9:29 AM  

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