NFL's Troubled Receivers
Let's have a little chat about Donte Stallworth, wide receiver of the Cleveland Browns (+900 to win the AFC North at BetUS), who killed a pedestrian in Miami while driving drunk in his Bentley. Stallworth wasn't sorry at the time, but he's sorry now, and he gets a month in jail, a thousand hours of community service (which will most consist of doing public service announcements about drunk driving) and two years of house arrest. He also gets his drivers' license taken away.
The deal was orchestrated by Katherine Fernandez Rundle, a Miami state attorney of somewhat nefarious background, who got defensive when it was suggested that Stallworth got off easy, and that as for the victim's family, "This is what they wanted." I don't know how things are in your household, but I don't think it would be what I wanted. I'm not a party to any of the negotiations, but I believe there was a lot of money changing hands.
Fernandez Rundle has two sons who have been wreaking havoc on Miami streets for years. One of them, Evan Rundle, has been arrested several times, on charges ranging from possession of drugs to assault and battery to burglary, and is still free to commit crimes essentially because of his mother's influence, as is another son, Justin Rundle, who has been arrested for drunk driving (with an blood alcohol level of .193 - twice the legal limit) in an incident that involved a car wreck, not to mention possession of pot, WHILE HE WAS WITH HER. Obviously, she doesn't appear too interested in investigating any "deals," and may in fact have been part of it. She should be ashamed of herself. This was not a civil case, it was a criminal case.
Stallworth is expected to get at least a four-game suspension this season, which would also be light, if Goodell is at all thinking about suspending Burress for the season. The Browns appear to be non-committal on whether Stallworth is in their plans. Here's offensive coordinator Brad Seely's quote: "I think it is just too early in the process. As we go along we are going to do what is best for the Browns organization. I don't think that has been decided yet and I think there is a lot of decisions to be made in that area." That guy needs an English lesson.
Stallworth won't be able to pay off Goodell, and he can't do some back room deal like he can with a shady prosecutor. We'll see what happens.....
Plaxico Burress' immediate future is still somewhat uncertain. Although his defense attorney believes that any trial involving his client wouldn't happen until sometime next year, there will be a grand jury convening next month to hear the case, and so there still exists the possibility that Burress could be indicted in time for his trial to take place at some point during the football season.
Burress is free on $100,000 bond, and is charged with two counts of possessing a semi-automatic weapon in a Manhattan nightclub. What he's really charged with is shooting himself in the leg, which to me is kind of silly. Or, at least it would be silly as long as he didn't shoot someone else.