Kill Some Dogs? 2+Years…..Kill Another Human Being? Not so much….


Stallworth and his legal team, who channelled Johnny Cochran and got their client a super light sentence

Stallworth and his legal team, who channelled Johnny Cochran and got their client a super light sentence

Earlier this week, Donte Stallworth, the Cleveland Browns’ receiver, was sentenced to 30 days in jail as part of his punishment for his arrest in March for the killing of a pedestrian while driving intoxicated.  The family of the victim in Stallworth’s case wanted some closure and to avoid a lengthy, potentially painful trial, so they agreed to a financial settlement and thus paved the way for the light sentence that the NFL star received.  It’s funny how things on this planet work; Michael Vick was hung in effigy for his trangressions, which while heinous and inexcusable, still only involved dogs.  Meanwhile, Stallworth, fresh off of signing a new lucrative deal, and a celebration which lasted into the wee hours of the morning, got into his car knowing he was buzzed or drunk or whatever, and hit a man who later died from his injuries.  This man was someone’s father, someone’s husband, someone’s son…..and he will never again see his family, all because he had the stupid misfortune to walk out into the street on the day some fool millionaire athlete was drunkenly driving down the same street.  In the discussions on this topic that have followed, I’ve heard it said that Vick’s crime was premeditated, and I can agree with that……but Stallworth’s wasn’t?  Let’s face facts, folks; you know when you’re drunk and when you aren’t;  you know when you can drive and when you cannot.  Add to that a pocket full of cash that could have paid for a ride home; it all equals up to premeditation to me as well.  Certainly not the premeditation of fighting dogs to their ultimate demise, but premeditation nonetheless.  Stallworth’s crime is worthy of a punishment with a degree of harshness right in the range of Vick’s punishment, plain and simple.  But, as we’ve repeatedly seen, justice is slow and often blind in the world of athletics……it’s just a shame that a man’s death doesn’t count as much as some dogs’ deaths.

~ by darrylthewriter on June 18, 2009.

2 Responses to “Kill Some Dogs? 2+Years…..Kill Another Human Being? Not so much….”

  1. Does Michael Vick Deserve a second chance?

    Vicktory to the Underdog

    “Vicktory To The Underdog” takes an in depth look at world renowned tattoo artist “Brandon Bond” and his dog rescue efforts – particularly rescuing the infamous Michael Vick fighting dogs.
    Rather than focusing on the dog fighting problem, the movie sheds light on solutions leading to “Vicktory” for all the underdogs in the movie – tattoo people, pitbulls, parolees and all the other people in this world that society has turned their back on through ignorance and racism.
    The movie also examines the life of Brandon Bond and his struggle with balancing fame, fortune and the Rock-N-Roll tattoo lifestyle with a more fulfilling life that focuses on the betterment of both animals and society as a whole.
    Featuring celebrities like Debbie and Danny Trejo, Michael Berryman, Pixie Acia and Donal Logue, the movie takes you on an incredible journey you will never forget!

    Proceeds for this film will be going to Villa Lobos Pitbull Rescue.

    • Nicole, thanks for commenting….yes, the brother does deserve a second chance, if for no other reason than he’s already served his sentenced time and has done what was demanded of him… cruel and inhumane his acts against those dogs were, nothing else is accomplished by denying him another shot at the NFL….he’s paid for his crime and now, it’s time for everyone to step back and let him try to take back control of his life.

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