Does Donte Stallworth Deserve an Apology From Sanctimonious Fans?

ollie oleCorrespondent IJuly 2, 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)

An unbelieveable number of articles came out straight after the news of Donte Stallworth hitting a pedestrian first hit the newswire. All of them, guaranteed, and most of them from Browns fans, lambasted Donte stallworth, and for what? what exactly was Stallworth's crime?

Well without hard evidence of what really happened, Donte Stallworth's crime was that he underachieved as a Cleveland Browns player, despite his agent negotiating a large contract (as the should for his client).

So now the evidence is out or most of it, with the camera evidence capturing the incidence being sealed by the judge. How dubious can you be.

Clearly, Donte has been convicted in the Court of Public Opinion, first and foremost !

So what are the facts?

1. "Prosecutors said the video, recorded by a Florida Power & Light camera, shows Reyes running across MacArthur Causeway on March 14 and being struck by Stallworth's 2005 Bentley. On a recorded 911 call, Stallworth said that Reyes "came out of nowhere" before the crash."

2. "Tests later showed that Stallworth, who had been drinking that night at a swank Miami Beach nightclub, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.126, well above Florida's 0.08 legal limit. Stallworth's attorneys also have confirmed that blood tests showed traces of marijuana as well."


Donte broke the law but is he fully responsible for the accident when "because the video apparently shows that Reyes darted out into traffic"?