As some of you know, the last year has been a rough one for Donte Stallworth. Last March, Donte was driving his Bentley at 7am near Miami Beach when he struck and killed a man. That man, Mario Reyes, was jaywalking but Stallworth was legally intoxicated. Stallworth was charged, but due to a kink in Florida “at fault” law, he was not charged with the homicide, but rather manslaughter as Reyes was illegally crossing the street.
Now I’m not saying that Stallworth’s lapse in judgement and resultant guilt is worse than what the Reyes and his family went through. He does have to live the rest of his life knowing he killed an innocent man and dealing with that guilt. Though he faced up to 15 years in Jail, he was able to plead down to a 30 day sentence in jail. He also reached a financial settlement with the Reyes family in order to not face a civil suit. The details are not known, but he did have $5 million in insurance in both auto and umbrella coverage. The NFL followed up by suspending him for a minimum of one year.