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Ban Donte' For Life

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Should players who kill someone be banned for life in the NFL? This is a most difficult question to answer and my mind has changed on it many times over the years. My quick, initial reaction is yes, players in the NFL should be banned for life if it was determined that they indeed ended someone else's life. To this day, I still feel more than uncomfortable seeing St Louis Rams Defensive End Leonard Little on the field, wearing an NFL uniform.

Life is so precious. NFL Players must know there are consequences even for professional athletes for such actions. Maybe, just maybe, a life would be saved if the NFL set an example and started banning NFL Players after it has been proven that they ended the life of another human being. If we continuously let these actions go without proper enforcement of a worthy punishment, then these actions will repeat over and over again.

By David Hill  |  August 13, 2009; 12:23 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , Donte Stallworth Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Amen! What a shame the guy Stallworth killed can't come back in a year. Our society is up in arms because Michael Vick might come back, where is the outrage for a player that KILLED ANOTHER HUMAN BEING? Our societies values are totally out of whack...dogs more important than people?

Posted by: boogieman19611 | August 13, 2009 1:28 PM

The guy that he killed was not in a crosswalk and was in a hurry to not miss a bus. Reyes ran in front of a speeding car. Stallworth has paid millions of dollars and will miss 1 year. And has to live with the fact that he killed someone. That is enough.

Posted by: YUTZ | August 13, 2009 2:50 PM

I agree with Yutz. Really, Goodell is too much of a hanging judge. The players' association really has to insist on an player discipline arbitration appeal from Goodell in the upcoming contract.

Posted by: ggreenbaum | August 13, 2009 5:08 PM

Hold on here. Being outside of the crosswalk is not a mitigating factor. In CA, for example, pedestrians have absolute right-of-way, which includes the obligation for cars to stop if someone walks out into the street against a green light in the middle of the lane. In every state, drivers are obligated to have their cars under control at all times, and that extends to not hitting the car in front of you even if it stops suddenly.

So, please can your "the victim was complicit" crap. We've all stopped short when a car or person suddenly appears in the road. When the adrenaline rush wears off, we're grateful for certain autonomic motor skills and instantaneous reactions. Absent a serious buzz, both of those might have been available to Mr. Stallworth, too, and Mr. Reyes might still be available to his family, friends and employer.

One of the reasons that the rich receive lighter sentences than the poor, statistically, has to do with the quality and experience of the legal representation available to them. There is a very good reason why one lawyer can charge $1000/hr., with a $50,000 retainer up front, and another accepts cases referred by the court for a low fixed fee. That economic difference, in turn, has a direct effect on the amount of exculpatory investigation and expert testimony the lawyer and client can finance. So, don't infer too much from any imputed correlation between the relative leniency of Mr. Stallworth's sentence, and his actual culpability which, as another has already observed, only Mr. Stallworth (and, perhaps, the late Mr. Reyes) knows.

Posted by: salescoach | August 18, 2009 7:17 PM

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