NFL to reinstate Stallworth after Super Bowl
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that Cleveland Browns
wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth will be reinstated from his
suspension for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk.
At his annual Super Bowl-week news conference, Goodell said
Stallworth’s suspension will be lifted after the Super Bowl on
Goodell said he met with Stallworth about a month ago, and
the receiver is “in a better place than he was.” Goodell said
Stallworth recognized what he did wrong and has prepared himself to
return to the NFL.
Stallworth spent 24 days in jail for a DUI manslaughter
conviction in the case. The accident occurred last March in South
Florida, and he was suspended without pay last August.
The Browns will likely wait until after reinstatement before
announcing their intentions, although it’s possible he will be
released. He made just seven starts for the Browns in 2008 because
of injuries, with 17 catches for 170 yards.
“We really haven’t (made a decision),” Browns general manager
Tom Heckert said. “It’s something Randy (Browns owner Randy Lerner)
is probably going to be involved in as well. We’ll have to discuss
it as an organization.”