Reports: Stallworth drunk when he fatally struck predestrian

MIAMI — Cleveland Browns wide receiver and former University of Tennessee standout Donte’ Stallworth was driving drunk when he struck and killed a pedestrian, according to published and broadcast reports Thursday.

WSVN-TV reported Thursday that unnamed sources with knowledge of the investigation said Stallworth’s blood-alcohol level was between .08 and .16. The legal limit is .08. The Miami Herald also cited an unnamed source as saying that Stallworth’s blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit.

The Miami Beach Police Department refused to confirm the reports. Ed Griffith, spokesman for Miami-Dade County prosecutor Katherine Fernandez Rundle, would say only that the investigation is focusing on whether alcohol was a factor in the death of 59-year-old Mario Reyes.

Reyes was struck and killed by a Bentley driven by Stallworth about 7 a.m. Saturday morning. Reyes, a crane operator, had just gotten off work and was trying to catch a bus when he was hit.

No charges have been filed against Stallworth, 28. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, nor his attorney, Robert Switke, returned calls from The Associated Press seeking comment. Stallworth issued a statement Wednesday saying he was “grief stricken” over Reyes’ death.

If Stallworth was drunk, he could be charged with DUI manslaughter which carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.

Two other former UT players have been involved in fatal wrecks.

Dwayne Goodrich, who starred in UT’s national championship game victory over Florida State, is in prison for criminally negligent homicide after running over two people on a Dallas freeway in 2003. Police estimated his car was going 110 miles per hour when he struck and killed two motorists who were trying to rescue a man from a burning car.

In 1998, Leonard Little ran a red light at a downtown intersection and killed a motorist after celebrating his 24th birthday at a St. Louis bar. Little's blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and served 90 days in jail and received community service.

Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns as a free agent before last season but was injured much of the year. He previously played for New England, Philadelphia and New Orleans in the NFL.

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huntined#565710 writes:

Drink and Drive = HEARTACHE

Slystone writes:

If true get your check book out and perhaps get ready for some "Clinker time". Very disappointing. Prayers all around.

matrosscbc writes:

a career-ender.......

blitzshoot writes:

My prayers are with the family that lost a loved one.
A man coming home from work at 7am is killed by a drunk.
Zero Tolerance. I hope he gets the full extent of the law.
Im sure a civil suit will follow. No excuse for Stallworth.
Hopefully he is forced to pay this family for the rest of his life.

Surfingvol writes:

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Very true, hopefully interlopers dont use this to get their tasteless jabs in.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

If this is NOT true, Stallworth has been publicly tried, humiliated, and punished. I HATE this kind of reporting. They should be required, by law, to WAIT for official results. Any organizaztion in the 'business of news' should have to pay a hefty fine for such 'leaks'.

This is all too frequent any more. Makes a shambles out of the justince system.

vol1994 writes:

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Indeed. I don't care who the person is- athlete, non-athlete, UT vol, Gator, Steler, Titan, Carolina, man, or woman- JUST SAD!

One of my high school buddies was driving drunk and killed another one of my friends as they both were in the same car. I haven't seen him since we graduated in 1989 but I know he talked about it daily and often wished he could trade places.

God be with everyone involved.

I just don't know how to prevent folks from driving drunk.

vol1994 writes:

in response to Timed_vol:

If this is NOT true, Stallworth has been publicly tried, humiliated, and punished. I HATE this kind of reporting. They should be required, by law, to WAIT for official results. Any organizaztion in the 'business of news' should have to pay a hefty fine for such 'leaks'.

This is all too frequent any more. Makes a shambles out of the justince system.

I agree with your post but I would say they are 100% positive or wouldn't have published the information in Miami.

MrBamSeydu writes:

Wow, I've gotta admit I've had a few before and driven. I've even had to pay a ticket for it once upon a time. But killing someone?? That would be so hard to live with. This kind of thing makes you think twice before you do such stupid things. To think, all he had to do was call a cab or let the alcohol settle for a few hours before he got behind the wheel.

FulmerWasSabanated987 writes:

This is awful news. I pray for the family of the victum. No need for these things. I hope Donte is charged to the fullest. This is awful...

huntined#565710 writes:

Just on ESPN don't look good for him.

blitzshoot writes:

ESPN just reported that a News Channel in Miami stated an alcohol level of .12. Although it is different than stated above, it is still over the limit.

dvhill100 writes:

IF he was indeed over the limit and it contributed to the accident, then I have no sympathy for Donte. It is all reserved for the victim. If the victim was not in the crosswalk and crossing illegally and Donte was not over the limit, then that is a different story.

Bottom line, we have to wait for the police report to be released and then see if the DA feels they have enough to prosecute. Innocent until proven guilty. This is America.

CHISMNUMBER1FAN writes:

This is just awful! I really hate this for all involved. I am sure ALOT of us have had a few and gotten behind the wheel because we are OK to drive. My prayers and thoughts are with both families!

blitzshoot writes:

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You're right. My mom for one hit by a drunk who came away without a scratch. THis is as real as it gets. How do you justify it is okay to be on the road at 7am , drunk.
During a time people are coming from and going to work.
I don't give a damn if you are an NFL star or dig ditches.
This was dumb, selfish, and if the authorities have indeed he was over the limit. Let the State of Florida have at him.

bugman (Inactive) writes:

wow have fun in prison for oh say....20 years?

HallowedHill writes:

Dwayne, Leonard and now Donte... what is going on?! Anyone who is a UT alum needs to take notice. Not only can it happen to you, but it WILL happen to you - please don't take chances!!

ldisavol4life writes:

stupid is as stupid does.

blitzshoot writes:

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I think a lot of it has to do with the size of the person?
Not certain where he was or what he was drinking. All I know is that he killed a man going home from work at 7am.
I hope they throw him under the damn jail if he is guilty and he will get reamed in a civil suit. A lot of people do not drink and drive. They know right from wrong and the risks associated with it.

AirYaGoGitErDun writes:

We should await the facts, but if true, which it probably is:

How many of these losers are folks going to continue to excuse and support? This is what happens when you throw such fame and fortune at such unworthy concepts - sports, celebrities, politicians...

If he were drunk and took a human life needlessly, he should be hanged in three days.

His entire fortune should (and will) go the family.

AirYaGoGitErDun writes:

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Nonetheless, indefensible.

Pastor Jon Maddox took a gun on a plane because he forgot, still - inexcusable.

There is no defense for either, none, nada, zip!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

I am a strong UT fan, but there is no tolerance as far as I'm concerned. I don't care if it is Peyton, he should go to jail for a long time if he was drunk and killed someone.

murrayvol writes:

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Cogent post. Perhaps your first....ever.

murrayvol writes:

in response to dvhill100:

IF he was indeed over the limit and it contributed to the accident, then I have no sympathy for Donte. It is all reserved for the victim. If the victim was not in the crosswalk and crossing illegally and Donte was not over the limit, then that is a different story.

Bottom line, we have to wait for the police report to be released and then see if the DA feels they have enough to prosecute. Innocent until proven guilty. This is America.

I usually agree with your posts but it's called DUI for a reason. You don't have to blow the limit to be impaired.

MidTennVol writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

I am a strong UT fan, but there is no tolerance as far as I'm concerned. I don't care if it is Peyton, he should go to jail for a long time if he was drunk and killed someone.

Totally agree. You drink and drive and take someone's life, you should go to jail.

My own cousin, a man I love in Middle Tennessee, is headed to jail soon for the very same thing. He deserves it and he knows it.

It still won't erase two lives ruined, of course.

GerryOP writes:

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If Florida laws are so tough, why are you walking around free? Oh, I know, when confronted you simply hide out in one of the 6000 make-believe wiki-worlds. Like maybe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnQx-1...

invisiblekid writes:

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Keep running off at the mouth, you prove yourself to be a bigger liar and hypocrite with each and every single post.

You were posting and reveling in events that happened to Orgeron 20 years ago before the man was ever even hired here.

And that's just been the tip of the iceberg with your constant barrage of slanders leveled toward all things Vol. Someone finally gave you a dose of your own medicine and now your feelings are hurt. So keep crying, that river will fill up eventually.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

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I disagree. 2 years ago before a wine-tasting trip to Napa I bought a personal breathalyzer.

The highest I ever had it was 0.12 after an open-bar X-mas party. I had several martinis that night and I was pretty tipsy. Fortunately, the company provided cab-vouchers.

I'm 175 lbs -- and would never get to 0.08 by 2 beers -- maybe if I chugged them quickly on an empty stomach - but even then you'd quickly sober up.

invisiblekid writes:

in response to MidTennVol:

Totally agree. You drink and drive and take someone's life, you should go to jail.

My own cousin, a man I love in Middle Tennessee, is headed to jail soon for the very same thing. He deserves it and he knows it.

It still won't erase two lives ruined, of course.

Hate to hear about your cousin Denmark but I agree with your stance wholeheartedly.

GerryOP writes:

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tbmccord#279221 writes:

I have not cared for Donte ever since I heard him dis UT by calling out his high school in pre game introductions. The victim and his family... that's who I care about. In this economy, how can we still pay these mental midgets the salaries they get to become complete morons? Most of these guys can't afford to lose many brain cells.

GerryOP writes:

in response to invisiblekid:

Keep running off at the mouth, you prove yourself to be a bigger liar and hypocrite with each and every single post.

You were posting and reveling in events that happened to Orgeron 20 years ago before the man was ever even hired here.

And that's just been the tip of the iceberg with your constant barrage of slanders leveled toward all things Vol. Someone finally gave you a dose of your own medicine and now your feelings are hurt. So keep crying, that river will fill up eventually.

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invisiblekid writes:

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"Man of your word", you haven't a clue what that means Mr. Peacemaker. I see your so-called truce lasted a long time and I wasn't the only one who noticed.

GerryOP writes:

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And now we get lectured by DCpunk about proper blog-thread ettiquite? Hey dude, crawl down off your peaching pedestal. Except for you, we're all responsible adults here.

GerryOP writes:

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OK DCtroll, I'll play your game ... please be a man.

GerryOP writes:

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Woooo, wooo! Here he comes again ... playground talk.

volsoutwest writes:

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A tip of the hat to you on that one Z2. I wholeheartedly concur. Prayers for all involved.

invisiblekid writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Woooo, wooo! Here he comes again ... playground talk.

His response was about one step above "I know you are but what am I". Petulant little man.

invisiblekid writes:

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This is the first thing I think I have ever agreed with you wholeheartedly on.

It's a shame that these tragedies have to continue with athletes who make enough money to cab and it will always be a dark cloud over Vol Nation.

GerryOP writes:

in response to invisiblekid:

His response was about one step above "I know you are but what am I". Petulant little man.

ikid, we've tried to ignore these punks but they keep coming back. We've gone to KNS and their "fix" only lasts a day or two.

I'm tired of these trolls coming on here and self-righteously dissing us, our school, our coaches, our players, and anything else they feel like taking a shot at. If KNS is content in letting GVX degenerate to this, then let's get it on!

invisiblekid writes:

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One thread out of how many ClemsonVol?

It's admirable that DC can manage to restrain himself from openly commenting on this subject now. However, the sanctimonious attitude on display now would be laughable if the topic of the story weren't so tragic.

VOLFROMNC writes:

Not surprised at all.

GerryOP writes:

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invisiblekid writes:

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I've got absolutely no problem with that.

I've said it time and again that no school is above having these types of problems. And I said it last year during our off field problems prior to signing day that the Vols should be doing it better and cleaner than anyone else with the past history of their former players. This incident shames me as a Vol fan but that is nothing compared to what has happened to all the families involved in this situation.

invisiblekid writes:

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Agreed, I have had my say and am willing to move on.

topgun writes:

in response to GerryOP:

If Florida laws are so tough, why are you walking around free? Oh, I know, when confronted you simply hide out in one of the 6000 make-believe wiki-worlds. Like maybe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnQx-1...

Please!! Did you really have to say something like that?? This is a tragic situation for all involved--families and friends of the victim and Donte. Very sad.

ROCKYTOPTENN writes:

If history tells us anything he will get probation and just days after his probation is up he will be arrested for dui again, just like Leonard Little. Hope not though.

thevoice writes:

in response to blitzshoot:

My prayers are with the family that lost a loved one.
A man coming home from work at 7am is killed by a drunk.
Zero Tolerance. I hope he gets the full extent of the law.
Im sure a civil suit will follow. No excuse for Stallworth.
Hopefully he is forced to pay this family for the rest of his life.

Good call. 15 years even seems a little low. Guess Stallworth was thinking it was 12 o'clock somewhere, probably in Europe.

thevoice writes:

in response to GerryOP:

ikid, we've tried to ignore these punks but they keep coming back. We've gone to KNS and their "fix" only lasts a day or two.

I'm tired of these trolls coming on here and self-righteously dissing us, our school, our coaches, our players, and anything else they feel like taking a shot at. If KNS is content in letting GVX degenerate to this, then let's get it on!

Agreed, but you're playing into their grubby hands buy replying to them. Try ignoring them.

thevoice writes:

in response to tbmccord#279221:

I have not cared for Donte ever since I heard him dis UT by calling out his high school in pre game introductions. The victim and his family... that's who I care about. In this economy, how can we still pay these mental midgets the salaries they get to become complete morons? Most of these guys can't afford to lose many brain cells.

Hate to say it, but you and I (actually those who pay to see NFL games) are paying these guys. Isn't DS the one who names his high school when being introduced as a player on game day?

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