When the NFL suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Donte' Stallworth yesterday for the full 2009 season, he issued an official statement with all the right sentiments about the drunken March 14 crash that killed a man on the MacArthur Causeway.
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Stallworth promised to "use the period of my suspension to reflect, to fulfill my obligations, and use this experience to make a positive impact on the lives of those who look up to NFL players." He noted soberly he "will carry the burden of Mr. [Mario] Reyes's death for the rest of my life."
And then he went home and jumped into the Twitterverse. Minus the aid of some high-priced PR flaks, the sober and grieving tone changed just a bit
TO ALL MY FAM IN THE LEAGUE: GOD BLESS YALL, STAY HEALTHY, GOOD LUCK THIS SEASON!!! I'M WATCHIN EVERY DAMN GAME... @reggie_bush PRO BOWL!!
That tweet came around 11 a.m. yesterday, just after his official statement was released. Look, we get it: The guy's been punished and he's free to speak his mind on Twitter. But how thick-skulled do you have to be to not realize that:
1. A lot of people think you got off absurdly easily for killing someone while driving drunk and high (Stallworth spent all of 24 days in jail for the crime). Especially when the less rich, famous, and NFL-experienced are serving dozens of years for the same thing
Well, consider yourself embarrassed, Mr. Stallworth. Best of luck with that house arrest and year off of football. You should have plenty of time for Twitter. And we'll be reading.