Before You Get On Your Soapbox About Donte Stallworth Read This!

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IJune 24, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 7:   Donte Stallworth #18 of the Cleveland Browns points on the field during the game against the Tennessee Titans on December 7, 2008 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

I know this might not be a popular opinion but one that needs to be stated. Reading articles around the web and watching television on reaction to Donte Stallworth. What could my opinion be?

Well, first let me state that I do not condone what Mr. Stallworth has done. While I think he could have been punished harder I am not a district attorney or a part of the legal system. That is where I will start.

For all those heaping scorn on Mr. Stallworth it amazes me that how suddenly he is the only one to have a part in this tragic tale. Seems we all forget that it was not Mr. Stallworth representing himself in the legal proceedings.

No, he had an attorney who did that for him. More than likely the same attorney we would hire if we had the means to do so. Wait it does not stop there.

Mr. Stallworth’s attorney worked out a deal with the district attorney.  Then risk the chance of losing a trial had he not made the deal. Feeling that he could not win this case based on the information provided to him by the police.

Last but not least a judge had to agree to the deal. There can be no plea bargain without a judge’s approval. So who really beat the legal system?

Without an attorney that we would all hire if we were in some kind of trouble. A D.A. who thought he could not win his case. Plus a judge that approved the plea bargain. Considering all this not all the righteous indignation out there should not fall on just Mr. Stallworth.

If you’re going to leap on to a soapbox then at least throw everyone under the bus. Not everything falls on Stallworth. This brings me to my last point and the point everyone should read.

I find it funny that everyone is so outraged that Mr. Stallworth was drinking and driving. I am not too far removed from my wild days to remember what all I did. The mistakes I made that everyone else seems to forget.

How many people who will read this have ever ridden home from a bar, a friend’s house, after some event and had a few drinks. Unless everyone out there used a D.D. which I doubt or is a teetotaler and has never touched a drop. I am safe to say a large percent of the population has driven drunk before.

Before you say that you have never driven drunk. How do you really know that you had too much to not be impaired to drive? Even after one drink your reactions are slower and mind does not work at its best. So unless you have never touch a drop or used anything else before you have driven you are wrong.

Now I know what you’re saying, yeah I had a few drinks but I was safe enough to drive. Really, now you’re putting yourself in Mr. Stallworth’s place. After leaving whatever place you had been drinking could you have really stopped and not hit someone.

Before you get all indigent on how you’re not a murder and you did not mess up as bad as Mr. Stallworth. Be serious and look yourself in the mirror and honestly say you have never gotten behind a wheel under the influence.

If you say no then how can you jump on Mr. Stallworth with both feet? Just because you were lucky and made it home or were stopped by the police. For something you have done in your past. Just because you got lucky and did not end up like Mr. Stallworth and kill a man.

It seems to me that we should not judge someone who did something we have done before. Only we were lucky enough to not have made a mistake. It’s easy to say how horrible something is when we were lucky.

It is something we would have to live with just like Mr. Stallworth has to live with everyday of our lives. Unless you have no consensus or remorse it is something you will never forget or not have cross your mind every single day.

While the death of Mario Reyes was tragic and could have been avoided it should be said that in every life there is a “what if” moment.

While most of us were lucky enough to get behind the wheel of a car and not hit a man crossing the street or another vehicle we could have. There could have been a Mr. Reyes crossing the road or a number of things that could have happened.

Before you anyone comments on this article I would like you to be sure you have never broken any laws. If you can say you have never driven under the influence of anything, ever speed in your car, or anything that could have been a “what if” moment to hurt someone else.

If you come up with one of those “what if” moments I have two sayings for you. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Remember too people who live in glass houses should not throw stones.