It all started on March 14th when Donte Stallworth made the HUGE mistake of driving his black Bentley GT east on the MacArthur Causeway, the road that connects Miami, Florida, to the South Beach area of Miami Beach, with a blood alcohol level was 0.126 percent. He stuck and killed a pedestrain who was on his way to work.
Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns before last season. He was injured much of last season, finishing with 17 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown.
The night before the crash, Stallworth earned a $4.5 million roster bonus from the Browns.
Under NFL policies, all NFL employees recognize that alcohol-related violations of law will not be tolerated and that they will be held accountable over and above any sanctions imposed by a court of law. This accountability to the NFL for alcohol-related violations of law includes discipline in the form of major fines and suspensions without pay. The level of discipline is significantly increased in cases involving aggravating circumstances and/or repeat offenses.
In addition to a comprehensive testing and treatment program for substance abuse, the NFL and NFL Players Association have extensive education and prevention resources available to players and all other league and club employees. One of those resources is a “safe rides” program used by most clubs to provide players and other employees with alternative means of transportation if they have consumed alcoholic beverages. Commissioner Goodell notified all clubs earlier this year that there will be increased emphasis on addressing DUIs and other misconduct.