Stallworth Receives Slap On The Wrist

Samuel IngroAnalyst IJune 16, 2009

Browns' star receiver Donte Stallworth has pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter charges in the case of Miami resident Mario Reyes.

After reaching a financial agreement, Stallworth will not have to fear a civil suit by the Reyes family.

Instead he will serve a mere 30 days; quite a change from the estimated 15 years most people would serve under these conditions.

Along with the slap on the wrist, he will serve two years house arrest, 1,000 hours of community service, and eight years of probation.

If you're getting your hopes up on seeing No. 18 back on the shores of Lake Erie this season, I wouldn't get too excited. With the pending suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell certain to come upon his re-entrance into the league, Stallworth is likely to miss the '09-'10 season after all.

I wouldn't say it's unprecedented for an athlete to get away with murder, but to receive such a minimal punishment is still amazing to me. As the expression goes though, he who holds the gold makes the rules.

Expect Stallworth to be released before the season starts.  With Mangini eliminating locker room distractions in the offseason, it's unlikely he'll want to undo the hard work he's done by bringing him back.

With all the wide receiver signings and draftings, combined with Stallworth's lack of production and current baggage, it would take a foolish miracle to see Donte in a Cleveland uniform again.

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