Put aside the fact that 24 days for DUI manslaughter is a slap in the face to victims of drunk driving and their families. Michael Vick gets condemned by everyone in the press for killing dogs and rightfully so. But where's all the outrage for Stallworth's crime in making himself a ticking time bomb by getting behind the wheel of a car drunk, high on marijuana and proceeding to kill an innocent man? To his credit NFL commissioner Roger Goddell and suspended Stallworth indefinitely, but what does it say about our press (as well as politicians too afraid to pass tougher drunk driving laws) that a rich athlete can undermine the criminal justice system in this way? What does it say that Stallworth's crime and lenient sentence isn't receiving half the attention that Vick's case did? Since the criminal justice system gave him a pass, at the very least Donte Stallworth should never be allowed to play in the NFL again.
On June 16, Cleveland Brown wide receiver Donte Stallworth plead guilty to DUI manslaughter charges. He was convicted of striking and killing 59-year-old Mario Reyes with his vehicle on March 14 of this year.
Stallworth had been drinking at a Miami nightclub prior to the accident and had a blood alcohol content of .126, above Florida's legal limit of .08.
The NFL has suspended Stallworth indefinitely. He was released today after serving 24 days of a 30 day sentence, will remain on house arrest for the next 2 years, followed by 8 years of probation. He must also perform 1000 hours of community service.
Christopher Lyons, Stallworth's attorney says that the NFL star was released from the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center early this morning.