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Robert Littal

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Enough Punishment


Shortly after the death of Tupac Shakur a reporter asked The Notorious B.I.G., who was engaged in a battle with Tupac that in retrospect probably played a part in both of their murders, how he felt about lost of his chief antagonist. I will never forget his answer:

"I wouldn't wish death on nobody. There is no coming back from that."

Donte' Stallworth took the life of Mario Reyes at a time when he was legally drunk. The legal system decided that a thirty day jail sentence and two years of house arrest was the proper punishment. Roger Goodell decided today that a one year suspension from the NFL was appropriate.

But there are still those who think that taking a life should have meant a lifetime suspension from the NFL.

I am not one of them.

As Biggie said there is no coming back from death, but as responsible individuals we have to be fair and look at the situation.

Donte Stallworth is not Rae Carruth. Stallworth made some horrible decisions, the main one was getting behind the wheel so soon after drinking. He is going to have to live with that decision for the rest of his life.

But to be fair we have to look at the totality of Stallworth's actions. The police report reads more like a tragic accident than a reckless act. If Stallworth had ran a red light, was weaving in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed and struck a pedestrian I would feel differently. If Stallworth would have fled the scene and not immediately contacted 911 I would feel differently. If Stallworth wasn't open and honest with the police I would feel differently. If Stallworth didn't accept responsibility for his actions I would feel differently.

From the beginning Donte Stallworth has stood up and accepted responsibility for what happened and accepted the punishment that has been handed to him. In essence he handled his situation the way Michael Vick should have handled his.

Everyone makes mistakes; some mistakes are just bigger than others. I don't believe in kicking a man while he is down. He has been punished by the justice system, he has been punished by the NFL and more importantly his conscious will be punishing him for the rest of his life.

I think that is enough punishment don't you?

By Robert Littal  |  August 13, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , Donte Stallworth , NFL , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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He killed a man and he had been drinking. that's not something that just happens, that's something that could have been avoided. He's lucky he's not in jail longer, but that abbreviated sentence doesn't now entitle him to extend his NFL career. I think he should be banned for life, and used as an example to not just NFL players but professional athletes overall.

Posted by: rmobley12 | August 13, 2009 3:09 PM

Leonard Little is very pleased with this punishment. I mean only in this day age can u kill someone drinking and driving and not get away with it...

Posted by: tony11 | August 13, 2009 4:53 PM

Mr. Littal,

I'm sorry to say this but could you please have someone proofread your posts from now on because this one is littered with poor grammar and bad word usage.

Posted by: harmiclir | August 13, 2009 6:21 PM

This scumbag didn't just "make a mistake" - he sadistically tortured and killed numerous dogs for pleasure.

Vick did his time - that entitles him to reenter society with a chance to make a fresh start. It does not entitle him to the privilege of playing in the NFL, and to act as a role model for our youngsters.

Should Vick be reinstated, there will be massive protests and organized boycotts of NFL sponsors, facilitated by web technology like Facebook, blogs, and Twitter. I know that I will never let my kids watch NFL football again under my roof, or buy NFL gear, or go to games should this vicious thug be allowed to play.

Posted by: slowroller | August 13, 2009 7:30 PM

Mr Littal.. I completely agree with what you say. A mistake a tragic one at that. A year suspension I think shows the NFL won't just look the other way but also shows that they aren't going to beyond what the justice system already handed him. IMO, if the NFL were to ban him for life the next time a tragedy like this were to occur, the perpetrator would try everything to have it covered up. But as you say, Stallworth made a terrible mistake, but he owned up to it and he is and will continue to pay for it. And don't tell me that a one year suspension isn't going to cost him..Its going to cost him millions of dollars as he jsut signed a huge multiyearmultimillion dollar contract plus he has to live with his actions forever and can never drive again.

Posted by: JBUD | August 18, 2009 5:19 PM

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