Donte' Stallworth Will Never, Ever Play NFL Football Again

Sam SnyderCorrespondent IJune 16, 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)


This isn't a hate article directed at Donte Stallworth, it's more about the consequences he will suffer. I will try to be as impartial as I can in this. I will say one opinionated thing before I star: The lenience of Stallworth's sentence for recklessly killing another human being makes me sick to my stomach.

There is a maximum sentence of 30 years for DUI Manslaughter, which is normally bargained down to a lighter sentence. Stallworth faced 15 years. I don't how the defense got it down to 30 days.

Added on to that are 10 years of probation, two of those he will be under house arrest with minimal outside contact. So it is safe to say, he will not play football at all during the next two years.

The rest of those eight years he will be under probation. He can only leave his home state with permission from his probation officer. He has to take a drug test every month, he cannot get caught doing anything illegal or he goes back to the slammer.

So there is a chance he will not play football at all for 10 years, but it is possible. Except if Roger Gooddell has anything to say about the whole situation.

As we all know, Gooddell can be a hardass sometimes, so don't expect a nice little two game suspension. As a matter of fact, Stallworth may never be reinstated to play football in the NFL.

Now, Gooddell may only give him the death penalty because of the lenience of his criminal sentence. That would draw criticism, because the NFL is supposed to be impartial, but I can see it happening.

That won't limit Stallworth to playing in the NFL Europe, AFL, or the CFL. However, Stallworth may want to consider a new career choice, considering the way his career ended.