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This is a great piece of Twitter writing by former NFL wide receiver Donte' Stallworth. I think it's brilliant how he used the Richie Incognito alleged bullying and Aaron Hernandez alleged murder incidents/cases to highlight his points against Herm Edwards.
Sunday on ESPN Edwards asked, “Can the players handle the media attention they are going to get when they get the question asked, 'Are you okay with a gay teammate?'"
What I like even more is how Stallworth took the Gronk injury and used it to further back his thoughts and then he puts the cherry on top, he brings up Tebow. Brilliant.
The one thing I am disappointed in is that Donte' didn't refer to his own off the field issues. I would have loved to hear from him on how he thought his teams handled the media when he had those little mishaps. You know…when he killed that guy. Yeah, that's right. Donte’ Stallworth is the same guy who was high and drunk when he hit a 59 year old man with his car and killed him. I know that's just a minor detail and he may have forgotten about it when he was researching all these other incidents, but Donte’ your readers (and followers) would have loved to hear you draw from your own experiences in these situations.
I’m sure in the 24 days you served of your 30 day sentence you learned a lot and reflected. Let me guess, you’re a changed man now?
Stallworth signed a plea deal where he received a sentence of 30 days in the county jail, plus 1,000 hours of community service, 2 years of community control (whatever that is), and 8 years of probation. Oh and I almost forgot, he’s also received a life-time suspension of his Florida state driver's license.
None of that is his fault though. The victim’s family accepted the plea and settled out of court in the civil case. I guess they were okay with putting a dollar amount on their loved one’s life. I’ve not been in that situation so I’m not going to judge, do what you have to do I guess.*
You can also read all about how Stallworth’s lawyers thought they would have won had this case been taken to court, but Stallworth chose to be convicted of a felony to do what he felt was morally right. Pretty easy to do what is ‘morally right’ when you have the choice of a slap on the wrist or serious jail time. You’re such a martyr Donte’.
Oh by the way…this whole story surfaces from Michael Sam coming out as a gay man who plays football. Good for you Michael. It takes a lot of courage to do what he did and I wish him the best of luck in his professional career.
*I do blame our legal system though, 30 days for killing a man, 2 years for killing dogs. If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times, I don’t defend Michael Vick for torturing and killing animals. But how can we justify the two sentences?