Thursday, June 18th, 2009 at 1:30 pm  |  24 responses

Brendan Haywood Addresses the Donte Stallworth Case

Donte’s jail sentence hit Brendan a little too close to home: “While I was watching Sports Center with some of the guys, we were all shocked to see the story about NFL player Donte’ Stallworth pleading guilty to DUI manslaughter and being sentenced to 30-days in jail and 1000 hours of community service. For me, this really hits home because my mother and I were hit by a drunk driver earlier this year. So let me get this straight, Michael Vick gets two years in jail for killing dogs and Stallworth gets only 30 days for killing someone? Now they say that justice is blind, but even Stevie Wonder can see that more than 30 days in jail was needed here. I think this was a terrible injustice. This is why so many people look at pro athletes with disgust and disdain. I was thoroughly disappointed.”

(via: SbB)

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  • MattM

    I have to agree with Haywood on this one. Thirty days is a joke. There is no excuse to drink and drive.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Etan Thomas is rubbing off on Haywood the right way from this quote. The DUI whom killed the Angels pitcher earlier this year got prison for years no? It was a passing mention on Sportcenter/bottom line ticker, so anyone please go ahead and correct me as necessary. Some Sporting News blogger was irate about this when JR Smith’s driving led to the death of a friend. Sucked that – that blog got like a 100 thumbs ups all about demonizing JR Smith for jail time and using the Vick example again, when in fact you know the blogger hasn’t exactly known the man’s who’s life was cut short nor do they take the time to mourn his passing or setup anything to say their thoughts onto the family. Rather spending no time on that, but tons of time comprising their angry blog as if JR had no conscious and is ignoring their family/funeral outright or something.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    JR’s friend, not the blogger’s to make that a bit more clear.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    JR’s friend, not the blogger’s, to make that a bit more clear.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    I’d say intent is more important. Donte made a series of mistakes resulting in an accident, while Vick intentionally organized and ran an illegal organization across state lines. I hope Eboy backs me up.

  • http://www.fantasysportsdish.com Casey Yandle

    He only got 25 days to be exact because you can subtract 5 days automatically by law. Second, I believe it was so short b/c the family and DS came to a financial settlement. But that’s just my theory. :)

  • http://www.slamonline.com The Starks Knight

    I remember reading somewhere that there was some blame assigned to the victim as well. I’m not sure what it was (wasn’t on a designated walkway or something). However, drunk driving is inexcusable and the punishment should be more severe. If authorities truly want to crack down on drunk driving then the consequences for these actions should be escalated in severity. The enforcement of these laws should also be rigid and uncompromising.

  • niQ

    i’d have to agree with haywood on this..

  • Boing Dynasty

    He gave the family 4 mil.

  • Mike

    Don’t get me wrong and don’t misconstrue: I love dogs, I hate pit- bulls with a passion if you ain’t feelin me just ask someone who was biten by these untrustworthy bastards! People say it’s how you train them, you think James Harrison trained his dogs to bite his son? Fighting pit-bulls to me is different than fighting german sheperds or poodles. This dude took a LIFE!! Human being! Where’s the PETA for humans, where’s the downright outrage like it was for Vick. I thought they were going to hang him for killing pits but all will be forgoten for Stallworth once he catches his first touchdown.

  • Mike

    The dude who killed Nick Adenhart is being charged with triple homicide, so best believe he ain’t getting 30 days.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Blinguo aka AP – Etan Thomas and Brendan Haywood hate each other, and have gotten in fights before.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    yea bet, that stuff was funny, fights in practice, games, etc. nothing like teammate fights

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    A guy I know. Who never drank, had a few one night. Drove home, killed a girl, was jalied instantly. Went to court, got something like 14 years. Just for having a few. So I mean this … damn. By the way, he tried to kill jimself but it didn’t work. he is still in jail.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Way to kill the thread, James.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/officerbarbrady what

    Vick may have intentionally done what he did, but he did not and has never hurt a human being. Stallworth took a human life due to his own poor decision. At some point that has to take precedence over just intent.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    James the ballER’s new name is Debbie Downer…

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Seriously though, how can you equate killing dogs with killing a human whether it was intentional or not? Granted it was a result of a horrible decision, but that kind of bad decision should be punished more than killing dogs. This kind of BS blows my mind…

  • niQ

    james the downer.lol

  • Mike

    indefinate suspension by Goodell so you already know. Way to go Goody!!

  • seven deuce

    Righteous indignation has condemned many a soul to a punishment that didn’t fit the crime. Vick is still not done paying for animal cruelty, while Stallsworth’s incident will be reduced to a halftime show of apologetic emotional suffering from him.

  • Jay-G

    Why do people forget that A) Tried to avoid the pedestrian and was flashing his lights when he was nearing him B)Stallworth called the police C) Stayed when the police came and D) paid the family. This case is nothing like Vick because his crime didn’t extend over a long period of time. Stallworth basically owned up to his bad judgement from the time it happened. Vick didn’t which is why he got all that time.

  • http://witness2what.blogspot.com Witness2what

    The point most people in here are trying to make@jay-g…is that (A.)It was a media firestorm when Vick was convicted of funding and/or involving himself in dogfighting. (B.)Vick got 2 years, Stallworth gets 30 days. Do you see the problem here (C.)Try driving drunk and accidently hit someone even though you flashed your lights to get them out the way. We’ll see how much time you’ll do in prision. So be careful who you defend, it could have been your mom or another loved one. Bottom line…the media and these coward organizations (like PETA) care nothing aboout human life…unless it’s a huge story (like Obama swapping a fly). It’s no interest to the likes of PETA unless the guy was walking a DOG.

  • Jennell lewis

    I think Brendan haywood needs to shut the fck up!! Dpnte paid his debt no matter how short it was its what was giving!! He doesn’t owe anybody anything else especially not a explanation or apology!! We all make mistakes and even though his took a life nobody can judge him but GOD! I’m glad he’s out of jail and doing ok! And michael vick shouldn’t have spent a day in jail!!