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    Goodell, NFL Suspends Stallworth Indefinitely – It’s About Time!

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    The NFL has suspended Donte Stallworth indefinitely.  It’s about time!  Stallworth pleaded guilty to vehicular DUI manslaughter in Miami earlier this week.  Stallworth was driving drunk when he killed a pedestrian back in March 2009. Stallworth was sentenced to 3-days in jail, 2 years house arrest and 8 years of probation.  He has a permanent lifetime ban on ever obtaining a driver’s license.  The house arrest agreement with prosecutors would have allowed him to resume his NFL playing career later this year, but Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Stallworth under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

    Goodell had this to say about Stallworth’s plea deal with Miami prosecutors in a letter to the player.  “The conduct reflected in your guilty plea resulted in the tragic loss of life and was inexcusable.  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 has always taken a hardline with players who violate the NFL’s personal conduct policy.  League sources have suggested that Stallworth will not be allowed to play during the 2009-2010 NFL season, and that Goodell will re-visit Stallworth’s case at the beginning of 2010.  Assuming Stallworth stays out of trouble during the next 12 months or so, Goodell would then consider allowing Stallworth to play during the 2010-2011 NFL season.

    It’s about time someone stepped up to the plate and issued a warranted punishment for Stallworth’s actions.


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