Wednesday, December 9, 2009

NFL Player Gets 30 Days For Manslaughter

"Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth is going to serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty in Florida to a DUI manslaughter charge."

I can't believe this. I think this goes above and beyond absurd. Serving only thirty days in jail for killing someone is ridiculous. I can only manage how this poor man's family feels. What does this extremely unharsh punishment say about their family member? I would feel like the person I loved wasn't important, that their life was worth thirty days in jail. Is this justice?

"Police say Stallworth was drinking at a hotel bar before the March 14 crash that killed 59-year-old construction worker Mario Reyes. Tests showed Stallworth's blood-alcohol content was .126."

Brown's alcohol level was really high. He was very intoxicated and therefor negetively influenced. To be that drunk and to get behind the wheel is completely irresponsible. I belive that being a pro football player has a lot to do with Brown's sentence. This is just an example of how athletes recieve special treatment. It's one thing to get a few extra perks, it's another to get away with murder. I find this situation repulsive. The criminal gets a break, while the victim is left with no justice.

"Stallworth also reached a confidential financial settlement with the Reyes' family." I guess the saying is true, money can buy everyhting. If you have money and power you can get away with...... murder.

What are the reasons pro athletes recieve special treatment?
Thirty days for a life. Can this be justified?

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