Over the span of a couple of days with plenty of manufactured news about the likes of Brett Favre and Sammy Sosa, few conversations on ESPN.com have generated as much activity as the very real news about Donte' Stallworth.
The Cleveland Browns receiver was sentenced Tuesday as part of a plea agreement in which he pled guilty to DUI manslaughter in the death of Mario Reyes. Stallworth was sentenced to 30 days in jail, as well as two years of house arrest and eight years of probation. Full details here. And check out ESPN legal expert Lester Munson's report below.
Stallworth's remorse and acceptance of responsibility apparently played a role in the plea deal that his agent says will allow him to resume his NFL career. But while the Browns wait for Roger Goodell to decide on any additional punishment, SportsNation is in the midst of an extended debate as to whether or not justice was served.
Sammy using roids, or Lebron snubbing a guy on a handshake is not the same magnitude of ending someones life. The point of most people on here, DISCUSSING, the situation is that, Stallworth got sentenced sooo lightly that it is almost insane to have any faith in the Judicial System.” -- cjmjmm2006
My only hope is that perhaps some people will take away a few lessons from this discussion. -- Vick and Stallworth have two very different convictions and trying to compare the two situations is a waste of brain activity. -- Intent is key. -- ESPN message boards continue to be an excellent time waster” -- blondiescowboys