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. 


Stallworth met with Goodell yesterday and released this statement to the media: 


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.


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