Andrew Gallo and Donte' Stallworth Should Be Charged Equally

Nick PucciContributor IApril 9, 2009

CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Donte Stallworth #18 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball during the game against the Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 23, 2008 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

What do Donte' Stallworth and Andrew Gallo have in common?

Both men killed an innocent victim while driving under the influence.

Last night, Andrew Gallo was driving under the influence in California when he blew a stop light, slamming into a car occupied by Nick Adenhart, thus killing the Angels' 22-year-old.

Approximately one month ago, Stallworth struck a pedestrian in Miami while also under the influence, killing the innocent Mario Reyes.

The only differences in the cases is that Adenhart was in another car and his murderer fled the scene. As for Stallworth, he struck a walking pedestrian and cooperated with police. Also Gallo drove on a suspended license for drunk driving and killed more than one person (three).

I am in no way saying that Stallworth and Gallo should get the same amount of time behind bars. But I am using both cases just because they are recent so I can note that I would like Stallworth to get in just as much trouble as any other citizen that preformed the same crime.

I am not exclaiming I want both men to be punished to the same extent, I just want equal justice for regular citizens and athletes.

Sure, Stallworth's punishment may not be as severe, but both men were very irresponsible for their actions and should be punished almost equally.

It will be interested to see how an athlete's punishment differs from an everyday person. Both men were extremely wrong and should be punished to the full extent. To kill someone over your own stupidity is horrible. 

It is crazy that in less than a month apart an athlete has killed and has been killed by driving under the influence. I hope justice is served and just because Stallworth is an athlete he should not receive any lower of a punishment.