Donte Stallworth: Sorry for Killing that Guy, Can I Play Football Again Now?
Convicted manslaughter-er Donte Stallworth has served his time -- well 24 days of a 30 day sentence -- and came to a financial agreement with the family of a man he struck and killed while driving his Bentley drunk on the MacArthur causeway. Now, he'd like NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to consider unbanning him from the league.
I wanted to meet with Commissioner Goodell before making any public comment about the impact of my actions on the National Football League. I want to thank the Commissioner for giving me the opportunity to be heard yesterday.
I recognize that there is a difference between the legal standard in my criminal case and the standard to which NFL players are held. It is clear that I exercised poor judgment and caused irreparable harm to Mario Reyes, his family, the NFL, its owners, coaches, employees and to my fellow players. Going forward, I am committed to conducting myself in a manner that more accurately reflects who I am and meets the high standard expected of all NFL players. I tried to convey this commitment to Commissioner Goodell yesterday. I respect the Commissioner's authority and I trust his judgment. Whatever he ultimately decides is the appropriate discipline, I will accept knowing that I have profoundly affected the NFL and its relationship with the fans of our game.
I apologize for my poor judgment. I jeopardized the honor and privilege that I have been given to be an NFL player and to play for our fans. I am truly sorry.