The Patriots welcomed Donte’ Stallworth back to the team Wednesday. It was also the first day in which the team started preparing for the Houston Texans. I have the report from Gillette Stadium.
First, and most importantly, coach Mike Singletary will plug in Shaun Hill as the team’s starter for the San Francisco 49ers’ first preseason game. It’s an indication, in my mind, that the starting spot is his to lose.
Now, on to the ex-convicts and extra marital affairs.
In unprecedented, but most welcomed, news, Roger Goodell announced a season-long suspension for Donte’ Stallworth.
He had it coming.
I can’t help but think this is karma at work for a guy who literally killed a man while driving drunk and spent 23 days of repentance in soft-core jail. I wrote about the backwards way the justice system was working on this case in June. It was atrocious to mete out a 30-day sentence, however long the probation period.
If you’re scoffing at this, you’re either rich or ignorant.
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Forget the preferential treatment argument you’ve heard ad nauseum. Forget the fact that Michael Vick killed dogs and not people, or was the last to confess to his guilty transgressions, however absurd and sadistic they were.
Donte killed a man. Drunk. He deserves more than 30 days in jail.
I hate writing those words. I really don’t think anything can be worse than compounding the punishment a man has deserved and been sentenced, with some more he doesn’t. But Donte definitely deserves more. Ten years probation seems like pittance for a man running stupidly in the streets. However stupidly.
You know what normal folks do when they see crazy people in the street, they slow down or better yet, stop. What they don’t do? Flash their lights.
I will not apologize for the justice system meting out a punishment that is in accordance with the law and sentencing guidelines. That’s just ridiculous. If anything, it highlights that there are changes needed at the third branch of government.
Now, whose ready to take that battle to congress?