The NFL Makes Fools of the U.S. Legal System...Again

Steve ChottCorrespondent IJune 17, 2009

LEBANON - JANUARY 14: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress winks at a supporter as he arrives at the Lebanon County Courthouse January 14, 2009 in Lebanon, Pa.  Burress is scheduled to appear in a civil trial in a dispute with an automobile dealer over what he owes in damages to a vehicle supplied to him by the dealership. (Photo by Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Every day, we watch athletes. We are amazed at some of the things that they can do. Amazing catches, fantastic throws, and bone crunching tackles. 

We act like they are better than us; above us. And the legal system let's them be above us too. 

On Monday, we had two hearings in court cases—NFL wide receivers Plaxico Burress and Donte' Stallworth. And both of the decisions were ridiculous. 

Burress shot himself on November 28, 2008. As we all know, he did not have a license for his gun. In New York, this is a very strict policy and the fullest extent of this law requires that Burress serves three and a half years in prison. 

Here we are on June 17 and we still do not know the extent of his sentence. We won't until September. 

This would allow Burress to play in the NFL this upcoming season.

Should we find this surprising? No, because Plaxico is an athlete and he gets an exception in court. 

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Also on Monday, the sentence for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth was announced. 

Stallworth killed a man back in March in his Bentley. Stallworth had a blood alcohol content of .12, which is .04 over the Florida limit. He was charged with a DUI and second-degree manslaughter. 

On Monday, his sentence was announced. Stallworth would serve 30 days in prison, two years of house arrest, and 10 years probation along with the possibility of a lifetime suspension of his drivers license. 

Now, some say this sentence is fine, but I say it's not enough. He was drunk and killed a man and is only serving 30 days. He should face one to two years at least in my mind. 

Michael Vick killed dogs and served more than a year. Are we holding our pets to more value than ourselves?

These most recent cases are among other examples of something that makes me sick to my stomach.

Why should these guys get special treatment? If I had a gun without a license or ran over someone drunk, I could almost guarantee that I would be seeing more time than these guys.

But that's just the way it works here in America. And it's sickening.