OK, i will admit right from the start that this is more of a rant, and a venting then anything else. Although I thought I might find a few people who happen to agree with me here, of all places...
Today, as I'm sure a good number of you rather astute football fans know, Donte Stallworth was signed to a 1 year $900k contract with the Baltimore Ravens. Also many of you probobly know that he was convicted of manslaughter for driving drunk, and taking the life of HUMAN on March 14th 2009! After being found guilty Donte then spent 24 days of a 30 day sentence in COUNTY JAIL, and reached a "financial agreement" with the family to avoid more legal troubles. I am generally a rather forgiving person, and am able to accept the transgressions of most celebraties, and athletes with out getting too hot headed about it. This on the other hand, is more then a transgression. I will openly admit that there have been times that i have been a more intoxicated then i should have been to drive, and I'm sure many of us in this world who have done the same. But he happend to blow a 0.12 and took a mans life! Hands down i don't think he deserves another chance at the NFL or any other professional sports league.
As Eagles fans many of us that supported Michael Vick over the last season, received a lot of grief for doing so, because he was a "murderer." Mike Vick recap--he fought dogs, and then killed the ones that weren't productive any longer, then fought the charge, like any normal person would do, and was found guilty. The guilty charge was the followed up by a twenty-one month stay at Leavenworth FEDERAL PRISON!"
While i herd 100's of news stories a day, and read 10-15 blogs a day about how deplorable Michale Vick is/was, or how awful it is that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife, i still haven't read one article admonishing the behavior of Donte Stallworth. Although I did read one article by MJD on Yahoo Sports praising him for being "remorseful." I may not agree with the actions of any one of the three of them, but there needs to be a scale of criminal degree. Again, I say i do not agree with dog fighting, but there are some places in this COUNTRY where dog fighting is still and acceptable form of entertainment, Michael Vick happens to come from one of those places, but has now shown remorse, and made many attempts to put an end to this atrocious act nationwide. Donte Stallworth KILLED a man, not a dog, A MAN. Is there anywhere in this WORLD where is an acceptable occurrence to take a mans life FOR NO REASON?
So let me get this straight, just so i have a pretty good idea of how forgivness, and justice work in our country;
1. Cheat on your wife.
i. get blacklisted for a given period of time from your chosen professional sport for the length of time YOU deem necessary to "rehabilitate" yourself.
ii. get berated and destroyed on international television, radio, and print media
iii. lose endorsement deals, and most likely your wife
(I agree that you should probably lose your wife if you cheat on her)
2. Fight and kill dogs.
i. get blacklisted for a given period of time from your chosen professional sport.for two and a half years.
ii. Spend twenty-one months in FEDERAL PRISON
iii. lose many endorsement deals, and other lucrative financial opportunities within your life.
iv. have a majority of your professional practices, games, and other public events protested and/or boycotted.
3. Drive drunk(blow a .12), and then strike and kill another human being.
i.get blacklisted for a given period of time from your chosen professional sport for less then one year
ii . twenty-four days in county jail of a thirty day sentence.
iii. have no one even realize that you were signed to a new contract, or have been re-instated to the NFL
Alright, sum it all up; In the professional sports, if you kill a man (Dany Heatley former Atlanta Thrasher's hockey player included) you can spend a minor amount of time in jail, pay a large sum of money, and resume your playing career about 1 year later. Kill dogs, and you will get a segnificant amount of jail time, and then have to argue with the public for the rest of your playing career about whether or not you even deserve to play football ever again.
Does that seem right too you?