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Michael Vick, Donte Stallworth show the fickle finger of celebrity justice

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For a while there, Donte Stallworth was king of the world. The NFL star wide receiver had a seven-year, $35-million contract with the Cleveland Browns .

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Rachael

Zebulon, GA

#1 Jun 21, 2009
Maybe there's a lesson here?
Rachael

Zebulon, GA

#2 Jun 21, 2009
If you haven't read this story, please do. I have newfound respect for Stallworth. He stopped,called police, and gave the victims family money after the victim a Hispanic construction worker didn't make it to the bus stop. I see this everyday in the city. A normal day in many streets in Atlanta people dart across the street,think they can make it, and don't. The other day, i did it myself running.
DOWHATITDO2U2

Wyoming, MI

#3 Jun 22, 2009
Did you forget the fact that he had been up drinking all night?

If his conduct before, had matched his stellar conduct afterwards, he might have stayed off the road that morning.

Sure, he didn't "intend" to kill anyone, yet that's what happened; he killed a human. Mike Vick killed dogs. Now what? Its anyone's guess.
DOWHATITDO2U2

Wyoming, MI

#5 Jun 22, 2009
J Dee wrote:
<quoted text>One question DoWhat;isn't driving a car drunk just as deadly as having a gun or nife,intent isnt the fact of the matter he didnt intend to kill nobody,but he intended to drive drunk ,don't you think he knew and knows the chances you take when driving drunk which is called breaking the law,last thing how could you drive drunk by mistake.He thought he was going to get away with breaking the law like Vick did,they both ended up killing someone ,i bet that pedstrian family wish it was a dog instead.
JD, if I wasn't clear FYI we're on the same page on this one. It's obvious his "intent" made all the difference in this case which really doesn't make sense. This article was posted on the Mike Vick forum to talk about the differences / contrasts / similarities to Vick's sentence.

In that regard I still say Mike bankrolled a dogfighting operation although his admitted killing of 6 to 8 dogs influenced his sentence; Donte killed a man due to his own selfish actions and I never would have believed that Donte's sentence would be less no matter what his "intent" was.

Now R&B singer Chris Brown gets to pick up trash after beating his singer girlfriend. Sorry, but justice for those with money get off easier.
Randy

Powell, OH

#6 Jun 22, 2009
Rachael wrote:
If you haven't read this story, please do. I have newfound respect for Stallworth. He stopped,called police, and gave the victims family money after the victim a Hispanic construction worker didn't make it to the bus stop. I see this everyday in the city. A normal day in many streets in Atlanta people dart across the street,think they can make it, and don't. The other day, i did it myself running.
I understand exactly what you are saying.
Private Love

Powell, OH

#7 Jun 22, 2009
Still, there are critical differences between the two cases, as even Florida prosecutors say.

Stallworth didn't intend to kill anyone although if you get plastered, then get behind the wheel, you're no innocent victim of circumstance.

After the accident, Stallworth did stop and dial 911. He cooperated with police. He had no previous record.

"He acted like a man," his attorney, Christopher Lyons, said in a wire report.

And then Stallworth did something that his generous NFL contract and roster bonus enabled him to do: He settled an unknown amount of money upon his victim's family.

He "acted" like a man. Would Vick have stopped and called 911? I doubt it
Private Love

Powell, OH

#8 Jun 22, 2009
Rachael wrote:
If you haven't read this story, please do. I have newfound respect for Stallworth. He stopped,called police, and gave the victims family money after the victim a Hispanic construction worker didn't make it to the bus stop. I see this everyday in the city. A normal day in many streets in Atlanta people dart across the street,think they can make it, and don't. The other day, i did it myself running.
I know. these guys get nailed every week on Buford hwy. And you really can't see them!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/keep-michael...
GUESS WHO

Ypsilanti, MI

#9 Jun 22, 2009
Private Love wrote:
Still, there are critical differences between the two cases, as even Florida prosecutors say.
Stallworth didn't intend to kill anyone although if you get plastered, then get behind the wheel, you're no innocent victim of circumstance.
After the accident, Stallworth did stop and dial 911. He cooperated with police. He had no previous record.
"He acted like a man," his attorney, Christopher Lyons, said in a wire report.
And then Stallworth did something that his generous NFL contract and roster bonus enabled him to do: He settled an unknown amount of money upon his victim's family.
He "acted" like a man. Would Vick have stopped and called 911? I doubt it
Regradless to all of that you mentioned he should have went to jail just any other person who decides to drink and drive and cause the death of another person, and he should still have to pay restitution to the family
Rachael

Powell, OH

#10 Jun 22, 2009
He did pay the family. It's at the end of the article. Ever driven down some streets in Atlanta certain times of day near the Marta stop? People darting and sometimes you see them and just barely miss. But yes he would have served more than 30 days if the guy hadn't been Hispanic. When undocumented workers are injured and killed in this country almost NOTHING is done to help them. NOTHING. It's something that is very sad to me, but another heated forum altogether.
Rachael

Powell, OH

#12 Jun 22, 2009
J Dee wrote:
<quoted text>Driving drunk is not acting like a man,futher more if Vick wasn't on this topic all of you would be dragging Stallworth thru the mud,fight fire with fire huh.
I never drug Stallworth thru the mud. I didn't know who he was! I still don't care whether he's reinstated or not. I bet he hires someone to drive him next time! I also bet this immigrant family is paid very well, at least I hope they are.
Grer the sarcastic bich

Atlanta, GA

#14 Jun 25, 2009
While individuals only see what's on the surface for Stallworth (drunk driver kills man), they convenienly forget (or refuse to remember) that the individual that was killed was just as much at fault for darting out into traffic. He just as easily could've been killed by a little old lady from Pasadena (or Port St. Lucie in this instance) than by a drunk driver that was coherent enough to flash his lights at the individual (another conveniently missed fact). This in no way should dismiss the fact that Stallowrth was driving while intoxcicated, he should be popped for a DUI. The reason this is different from Vick is that he owned up to the incident (I believe he called for cops & ambulances) where Michael tried to cover up. It's different from Nick Adenhart because that drunk driver ran a red light & plowed into that car, Reyes would be alive today had he not jaywalked, a drunk Stallworth or not.
GUESS WHO

Ypsilanti, MI

#15 Jun 25, 2009
Grer the sarcastic bich wrote:
While individuals only see what's on the surface for Stallworth (drunk driver kills man), they convenienly forget (or refuse to remember) that the individual that was killed was just as much at fault for darting out into traffic. He just as easily could've been killed by a little old lady from Pasadena (or Port St. Lucie in this instance) than by a drunk driver that was coherent enough to flash his lights at the individual (another conveniently missed fact). This in no way should dismiss the fact that Stallowrth was driving while intoxcicated, he should be popped for a DUI. The reason this is different from Vick is that he owned up to the incident (I believe he called for cops & ambulances) where Michael tried to cover up. It's different from Nick Adenhart because that drunk driver ran a red light & plowed into that car, Reyes would be alive today had he not jaywalked, a drunk Stallworth or not.
I don't know why yu are trying to sugar coat this, but unfortunately when a person drinks and drives, they become impaired relexes slow down, etc. Had he not been intoxicated it is quite possible he would have seen this man dart into the street and maybe could have avoided hitting him, not to mention Stallworth had a previous DUI, make no mistake about drunk driving is a long way from being termed as an accident. When a person drinks and drive the vehicle becomes a weapon when they are behind the wheel.
Stop it

Myrtle Beach, SC

#16 Jun 25, 2009
Grer the sarcastic bich wrote:
While individuals only see what's on the surface for Stallworth (drunk driver kills man), they convenienly forget (or refuse to remember) that the individual that was killed was just as much at fault for darting out into traffic. He just as easily could've been killed by a little old lady from Pasadena (or Port St. Lucie in this instance) than by a drunk driver that was coherent enough to flash his lights at the individual (another conveniently missed fact). This in no way should dismiss the fact that Stallowrth was driving while intoxcicated, he should be popped for a DUI. The reason this is different from Vick is that he owned up to the incident (I believe he called for cops & ambulances) where Michael tried to cover up. It's different from Nick Adenhart because that drunk driver ran a red light & plowed into that car, Reyes would be alive today had he not jaywalked, a drunk Stallworth or not.
I agree.
Montys python

Henderson, NV

#17 Jun 25, 2009
Private Love wrote:
<quoted text>I know. these guys get nailed every week on Buford hwy. And you really can't see them!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/keep-michael...
Same here in Vegas.The strip in many places has a median with scrubbery.And almost every week some one runs out into traffic from the median and gets nailed,or almost nailed.It happens so quickly,you don't have time to react if you're in the left lane.
Private Love

Myrtle Beach, SC

#18 Jun 25, 2009
I'm glad you know what I'm talking about

“Be Kind to Animals”

Since: Nov 07

Nelson, VA

#19 Jun 25, 2009
DOWHATITDO2U2 wrote:
Did you forget the fact that he had been up drinking all night?
If his conduct before, had matched his stellar conduct afterwards, he might have stayed off the road that morning.
Sure, he didn't "intend" to kill anyone, yet that's what happened; he killed a human. Mike Vick killed dogs. Now what? Its anyone's guess.
There are people driving drunk tonight as we speak. Somebody will be killed tonight because of it. Alcoholism and drug addiction are the two biggest problems that exist all over the world and does not discriminate against any culture or ethnic group. People will continue to die because these two major problems. Men will continue to beat their wives and spawn illegitimate children. Pedophiles will continue to abuse children. And so on and so on. But none of the things that are going on all over the world excuses Michael Vick's actions or make his crimes any less despicable. We may not like the way the law or the media handles and reports these crimes or the public response to the crimes. But you can't change the fact that Michael Vick tortured and killed animals in some of the most cruel and sadistic ways imaginable. Whether or not you think he was fairly treated will not change what he did. And on top of all this it will follow him forever. He will be a marked man for the rest of his life. That's just the way it is going to be.
G man

Myrtle Beach, SC

#20 Jun 25, 2009
There are alot of drunks running out in front of cars also. You simply cannot run out in front of cars. The two men are completely different. I didn't know all about the case but what I learned made me respect him more everytime I read it

“Be Kind to Animals”

Since: Nov 07

Nelson, VA

#21 Jun 25, 2009
GUESS WHO wrote:
<quoted text>I don't know why yu are trying to sugar coat this, but unfortunately when a person drinks and drives, they become impaired relexes slow down, etc. Had he not been intoxicated it is quite possible he would have seen this man dart into the street and maybe could have avoided hitting him, not to mention Stallworth had a previous DUI, make no mistake about drunk driving is a long way from being termed as an accident. When a person drinks and drive the vehicle becomes a weapon when they are behind the wheel.
The biggest fault I find with Stallworth was that he had enough money to pay someone to drive him whenever he chooses to drink. If he had a DUI before this accident he probably should have gotten a tougher sentence. But I think the law is more lenient with drunks because judges like to drink too. Judges get DUI's. Some judges are alcoholics as are lawyers, D.A.s, etc. But with all those alcoholics most of them are dog lovers who would despise someone like Vick for torturing and killing animals. You guys just don't get it. Alcoholism is an equal opportunity destroyer. Most people like to drink socially so drinking and driving are only unacceptable when somebody gets hurt because of it. But even the drunks that drive will not tolerate someone who abuses animals. It may be nuts but that's the way it is. If Michael Vick had committed the same crime as Stallworth none of us would even be on this forum.
reality check point

Myrtle Beach, SC

#22 Jun 26, 2009
Private Love wrote:
Still, there are critical differences between the two cases, as even Florida prosecutors say.
Stallworth didn't intend to kill anyone although if you get plastered, then get behind the wheel, you're no innocent victim of circumstance.
After the accident, Stallworth did stop and dial 911. He cooperated with police. He had no previous record.
"He acted like a man," his attorney, Christopher Lyons, said in a wire report.
And then Stallworth did something that his generous NFL contract and roster bonus enabled him to do: He settled an unknown amount of money upon his victim's family.
He "acted" like a man. Would Vick have stopped and called 911? I doubt it
and Barb, that was a mouthfull!
NO, most of us would not be here for Stallworth.
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/keep-michael...

Since: Jan 08

Philadelphia, PA

#23 Jun 26, 2009
having a driver's license and driving a car is a PRIVILAGE not a given item

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