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PostSubject: Baltimore Murders! Stallworth   Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:23 pm

ITs offical the Ravens lead the NFL in people killed!
ANd so let me get this right..... Stallworth who killed somebody is back in the NFL and Plax who shot himself is in prison???? Really..... And the Imoprtant ? what is Stallworth Speed gona be on MAdden 11 im guessing 93
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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Murders! Stallworth   Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:46 pm

His speed will be 187.

The story from Wikipedia follows. It's pretty incredible that he was driving legally drunk and killed a man, and got off in less than a month. Not like I was at his court hearing or anything though.

Stallworth admitted to drinking the night prior to the accident. According to early reports Stallworth was legally drunk at the time of the accident; news sources reported that his blood alcohol content was 0.12, over the nation wide legal limit of 0.0 Stallworth claims that he flashed his car's headlights to warn Reyes before striking him A Miami Beach police report said Reyes was not in a crosswalk on busy MacArthur Causeway when he was struck by the black 2005 Bentley Continental GT driven by Stallworth. Police estimated Stallworth was driving about 50 mph in a 40 mph zone The construction crane operator was trying to catch a bus home after finishing his shift around 7:15 a.m.

Stallworth was charged with DUI and second degree manslaughter on April 1, 2009; he surrendered to police on April 2, 2009 and was released on $200,000 bail. He pled guilty, and received a sentence of 30 days in jail, plus 1,000 hours of community service, 2 years of house arrest, and 8 years probation. He has also received a life-time suspension of his Florida state driver's license.
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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Murders! Stallworth   Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:39 pm

Ya this just shows how bad the system is, Srallworth should be in prison, Plax should be on the Ravens!
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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Murders! Stallworth   Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:54 am

slezy187 wrote:
ITs offical the Ravens lead the NFL in people killed!
ANd so let me get this right..... Stallworth who killed somebody is back in the NFL and Plax who shot himself is in prison???? Really..... And the Imoprtant ? what is Stallworth Speed gona be on MAdden 11 im guessing 93

wow! why such hosility towards my Ravens organization Slezy? lol!

we all know what Stallworth did was horrible....no doubt! a family has lost a loved one due to his negligence. however, your beef is with the justice system NOT the Ravens signing of Stallworth. Plaxico is in jail for shooting himself, Vick went to jail for killing animals, and Stallworth went to jail (a few days...smh!) and then was exiled from the NFL for an entire season. and, just like Vick, Chris Henry (rest in peace) and others who have screwed up and was reinstated, Stallworth should have the same opportunity.

on a positive note....this is a great move on the Ravens part. we need some WRs that can stretch and make "BIG" plays down the field to compliment Flacco's huge cannon for an arm. imagine if we could pick up Plaxico or Brandon Marshall as well? Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Murders! Stallworth   Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:02 am

slezy187 wrote:
Ya this just shows how bad the system is, Srallworth should be in prison, Plax should be on the Ravens!

In all honesty you are right. It just shows how they made an example out of Plax, but as a Steeler fan I would rather face Stallworth than Plax no catchaco
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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Murders! Stallworth   Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:10 am

some real stone morons itt
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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Murders! Stallworth   Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:28 pm

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slezy187 wrote:
ITs offical the Ravens lead the NFL in people killed!
ANd so let me get this right..... Stallworth who killed somebody is back in the NFL and Plax who shot himself is in prison???? Really..... And the Imoprtant ? what is Stallworth Speed gona be on MAdden 11 im guessing 93

wow! why such hosility towards my Ravens organization Slezy? lol!

we all know what Stallworth did was horrible....no doubt! a family has lost a loved one due to his negligence. however, your beef is with the justice system NOT the Ravens signing of Stallworth. Plaxico is in jail for shooting himself, Vick went to jail for killing animals, and Stallworth went to jail (a few days...smh!) and then was exiled from the NFL for an entire season. and, just like Vick, Chris Henry (rest in peace) and others who have screwed up and was reinstated, Stallworth should have the same opportunity.

on a positive note....this is a great move on the Ravens part. we need some WRs that can stretch and make "BIG" plays down the field to compliment Flacco's huge cannon for an arm. imagine if we could pick up Plaxico or Brandon Marshall as well? Smile

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Ya your right MILI my beef is so not with the Ravens! it is with the justice system that is broke, the Ravens are not to blame they are just trying to win Super Bowls which is what they should do! I was just making a little joke on them. lol I wish the best for Stallworth and hope he has 75 catches and 7 tds for you guys!! I am all about 2nd chances thats what makes america great, I just hate what they did to VIck and PLax cause they are NFL Stars
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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Murders! Stallworth   Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:46 pm

slezy187 wrote:
Ya your right MILI my beef is so not with the Ravens! it is with the justice system that is broke, the Ravens are not to blame they are just trying to win Super Bowls which is what they should do! I was just making a little joke on them. lol I wish the best for Stallworth and hope he has 75 catches and 7 tds for you guys!! I am all about 2nd chances thats what makes america great, I just hate what they did to VIck and PLax cause they are NFL Stars

your point is well taken Slezy and i am in full agreement! Plaxico and Vick are from my area here in VA and needless to say, we feel bad for our 2 local boys. what Vick did to the dogs was horrible. i am a dog lover and have 1 myself, however, there are cats that "intentionally" killed humans and never spent that much time in jail as he did over animals. and Plaxico? this cat shoots himself and goes to jail? wow! the system is completely broken! that is why i do my best to stay on the "right" side of the law cause if not, crazy stuff like this could happen to you.

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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Murders! Stallworth   Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:24 pm

im sure the family of the person stallworth killed is more than angry that they will have to watch him on television every sunday next year.

but i definitly agree with the courts on this, if he were not drunk on the night he killed him the judges would have gave the same sentance based on how the accident happened. if you cross a street without a cross walk its always at your own risk and the other person really should not be considered a murderer. it was a terrible tragedy regardless but why make it end two peoples lifes when it is pretty clear the other person had no intentions of harming the other and it was a mistake.
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PostSubject: Re: Baltimore Murders! Stallworth   Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:52 pm

In case you didn't see it, this is from Peter King's Monday Morning QB column today- It's Stallworth's side of the story, in detail. Fascinating read.

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Donte Stallworth, the 29-year-old wide receiver signed by the Ravens in February, spoke to SI.com on Thursday and told me his side of the harrowing vehicular homicide story in which he drove drunk and his car struck and killed 59-year-old Miami crane operator Mario Reyes. It's a harrowing story.

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A night that will live in infamy.

When the cell phone rang in his Miami condo around 2 a.m. on March 14, 2009, Stallworth had been asleep for five hours. He'd worked out hard the previous day, a Friday, and gone to bed early, planning to sleep through the night and fly to Cleveland that Saturday evening. Monday was the start of offseason workouts for the Browns, and Stallworth planned to show new coach Eric Mangini he was set to be a stalwart receiver and team leader after having signed a rich extension with the team.

Stallworth has thought about the phone call often -- during his 24 days in a Miami jail, during his long days of house arrest, during workouts, during everything.

"If I could change one thing?'' he said to me. "I wouldn't have gotten out of bed at 2 in the morning. The main thing I've learned through this is that everything you do, every decision you make, leads to subsequent actions and reactions, no matter how minute those decisions might seem at the time.''

But he did get up, and he drove from Miami into Miami Beach to attend a friend's birthday gathering at a nightclub, LIV, at the swank Fontainebleau Hotel. He arrived about 3. He bought a bottle of liquor for his friend's table, and had a couple of shots out of the bottle. Then, Stallworth said, he went to the bar, met some women and did a couple of shots with them. "Four shots total,'' he told me. After that, the party adjourned to his friend's hotel room upstairs.

I asked Stallworth about smoking marijuana that night, and he said he didn't. But he said he had smoked pot on a short vacation trip the previous weekend.

Some time after 5, Stallworth left the Fontainebleau and drove home. "There have been times if I felt I was incapable of driving I'd call a friend of mine, even at 2, 3, 4 in the morning, and I'd leave my car wherever I was,'' Stallworth said. "But on this night, I felt fine, so I drove home.''

He was back in bed about 5:45, but he slept only a short time. About 6:45, he woke up hungry. Because he was leaving for Cleveland that day, he said he'd cleaned out his refrigerator and had nothing to eat in the house. So he got back in his car, a Bentley, and drove toward the MacArthur Causeway, a six-lane, half-mile-long highway from downtown Miami to Miami Beach with several 24-hour restaurants. It was still mostly dark in the morning; sunrise on this day was 7:31 a.m., with Daylight Savings Time having gone into effect the previous weekend.

As Stallworth neared Miami Beach in moderately heavy morning traffic, he was in the far left lane of the three east-bound lanes of traffic. Coming suddenly from his far right, he said he noticed a shadow of a figure running across the right lane. He flicked his lights at the running figure twice and in a split-second had a decision to make -- slam on his brakes and risk a chain-reaction collision; swerve hard to the left into the concrete median; swerve right, which would take him into the path of the runner; or gently hit his brakes and hope the runner stopped. Even with the suddenness of the figure running across the road, he figured the runner would stop rather than try to beat a vehicle that wouldn't be able to stop suddenly enough to avoid a collision.

"Obviously, I wasn't expecting him to cross all the lanes,'' Stallworth said. "By the time I saw him, I thought I had time to gently apply my brakes and hope he'd just stop [in the road while Stallworth's car passed]. I couldn't turn left, because I'd go right into the concrete barrier. I thought maybe he'd see me and figure he should just stop and wait 'til I went by.''

The man didn't stop. Reyes, coming off a night shift for a construction company and running for a bus on the other side of the highway, thudded into the passenger side of Stallworth's Bentley.

"But he didn't die from the impact,'' Stallworth said, somberly. "His feet got run over by my tires, and he fell, and his head hit the concrete.''

Stallworth stopped in the left lane, put on his emergency flashers and reached into the back seat for his cell phone. While he looked out the back window and saw Reyes lying in the road, he dialed 911 and eventually figured out where to tell the operator to send help. He thought he'd be able to look down at the figure in the road when he walked back to the scene, but he couldn't look. By that time, a police officer was there, radioing for help.

"Shock was the first emotion,'' Stallworth said. "I drive that causeway all the time. I never see people running across it.''

When the police began questioning him, Stallworth answered everything. "I waived my Miranda rights,'' he said, meaning the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney present during police questioning. "I just wanted to be 100 percent cooperative. It didn't hit me that I might be in some trouble until they gave me the field sobriety test.''

Stallworth's blood-alcohol content was .126. The Florida limit for driving while impaired is .08, so Stallworth was above the legal limit by 50 percent. He insists he did not feel impaired the night of the accident, and there's no certainty the accident would have been avoided had he been within the legal limit. But once he tested 50 percent over the limit, it was clear the combination of events would be linked, rightfully, in the eyes of the police.

From there, life unraveled. He pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter in June and reached a settlement with the Reyes family; I've heard Stallworth paid the family at least $3 million. In addition, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years of "community control'' confinement, eight years' probation and 1,000 hours of community service. ("Community control'' is less harsh than house arrest, which would have meant 24-hour-a-day electronic monitoring. Community control is more a strict probation; Stallworth is not allowed to drive for at least four more years, but he can leave home for work, church, medical, legal and community service activities, and for any approved activities by his probation officer.)

The 30-day sentence was reduced to 24 days for a couple of technical reasons.

Commissioner Roger Goodell added to that punishment by suspending Stallworth for the 2009 season. "[The commissioner] told me how much I hurt the [NFL] shield,'' Stallworth said. "But he also said it wasn't the end of the world.''

Immediately, there was intense criticism of Stallworth's sentence, for obvious reasons. He had driven drunk and caused a fatality with his car, and been given only 24 days? It seemed outrageous.

But there were mitigating factors, the biggest of which was that Reyes was trying to cross a well-traveled, six-lane road in poor light, and not using a crosswalk.

"I understood why people were angry about the sentence,'' said Stallworth. "I understand human psychology; I majored in psychology at Tennessee. Everyone wants every story to be black and white, but sometime they're not. It was an intricate case. People hear 'alcohol' and they hear 'deceased' and they tie the two together. But this case just wasn't that easy. I can tell you from being in the middle of it, the police did extensive investigation into the case, and they had no reason to let me off easy.''

Stallworth said he thinks about Reyes' 15-year-old daughter, Daniela, often, as well as the family. "One of the things on my mind has been that she's able to finish whatever schooling she needs and take care of all their bills,'' he said. "But I still realize that doesn't bring him back. It's something I still think about every day, and I always will.''

He served his time -- in solitary confinement mostly -- at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, hard by Miami International Airport. He read, mostly, and wrote in a journal. He read the 9/11 Commission Report and a spiritual novel about a man who meets God (The Shack) and a book about Albert Einstein's thoughts about the planet (The World As I See It) and his Bible. He had correspondence from Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel, his old bosses in Cleveland; from Steve Spagnuolo, who he'd known in Philadelphia. Chad Ochocinco ("I still laugh when I hear him called that,'' Stallworth said) visited, as did his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, his mom, his brother, attorney David Cornwell and a good friend from Cleveland, former Browns communications director Amy Palcic.

"They don't give you a schedule in there,'' he said. "When the lights go off, they go off. But I wanted to make sure this was not a period of despondency for me. I wanted to learn from it, and read and write. I also met a lot of guys in there who were great to me. They've written me since. I never had a high level of anxiety in there, and a lot of the guys basically told me, You don't want to be in here; go live life.''

When he got out and began to train again, he knew he wanted to play in 2010 if Goodell would allow it. Late in the 2009 season, the commissioner met Stallworth at a Dolphins game and told him how much the league loved success stories and comeback stories, but Stallworth couldn't afford even one slip. Goodell told him to do meaningful community service, and be an advocate for the right conduct.

He always figured one team would give him a chance. He just didn't know which one. With nothing to do after jail other than his community service projects, Stallworth worked out harder than he had in years, and when he went to work out for the Ravens in February, he ran the fastest 40 time they'd clocked at their new training facility -- under 4.4 seconds. He told coach John Harbaugh he was disappointed in his career -- he's never had a 1,000-yard season, nor exceeded 70 catches, despite being the 13th pick in the 2002 draft -- and would be determined to be the kind of success story Goodell wanted.

So let's say he is. Let's say Stallworth has a good season. Part of the work is going to be wearing blinders and earplugs.

"What are you going to do,'' I asked, "when people start yelling from the stands, 'Killer! Murderer!' You know it's going to happen.''

"I won't let it get to me,'' he said. "For some reason, I've always been heckled. I know it'll be different now. If anything, when I hear it, it'll make me want to do better. And if I let something like that get to me, I'd be doing my team a disservice. I know it's coming, but I'm not worried about it.''

So now his future is up to him. He can't drink, he can't go out 'til all hours anymore, he has to whittle down those hours of community service, and he has to prove he can fulfill the potential that accompanied his selection as the 13th pick in the draft in 2002. He's now permitted to have contact with the family, though he hasn't yet. (Stallworth's lawyer, Christopher Lyons, said Sunday by e-mail: "While the criminal and civil matters were pending, I informed him that he could have no direct contact with the Reyes family, although from day one he wanted to tell them how sorry he was for their loss and for his part in that. I, on many occasions, did express that sentiment to the Reyes family through their attorneys and was told on numerous occasions how much they appreciated Donte' reaching out to them.'')

My take:

In many ways, Stallworth's incredibly lucky. After making a decision that could have ruined his life -- drinking and driving and killing a man -- Stallworth stopped his car, admitted to everything, threw himself on the mercy of the court, tried to make reparations with the family as well as he could (luckily, he was a millionaire athlete who could make such reparations), served his limited time humbly, and set out to work to try to live his privileged life again. Was the sentence fair? Maybe not, but this is not a clean case either.

Last thing: A text message arrived to Stallworth's phone on the day of the accident. It read, "A lot of people know the kind of person you are. You're a good person.''

Tom Brady, his quarterback in 2007.

Now he'll have a chance to prove that. A lot of people will be watching.
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