Saturday, August 15, 2009
The NFL announced yesterday that wide receiver, Donte Stallworth would be suspended – without pay – for one year after he plead guilty to killing a man who he hit with his car while drunk driving.
Stallworth pleaded guilty June 16 to DUI manslaughter, a second-degree felony.
59-year old Mario Reyes, the main breadwinner of his family, was run down by Stallworth – ending his life and changing the lives of his family and friends forever.
Stallworth got a 30 day jail sentence and will now miss a season in the NFL because of his actions.
Is there anyone in the world that can convince me that this is completely unfair?
The night before Stallworth drove drunk, he signed a 4.5 million dollar signing bonus in a seven year, 35 million dollar contract.
The two sides agreed to a financial settlement and the Reyes family said multiple times they wanted the case to be resolved as quick and painless as possible.
It’s interesting the suspension comes down so close to the return of Michael Vick to the same league.
And this is where the legal system and the NFL rulings make no sense to me.
Vick served 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring.
Stallworth got behind the wheel of his car drunk, hit a pedestrian, killed him, and serves 30 days in jail.
Are we saying that having two animals attack each other is more heinous than ending a man’s life?
Drunk driving is the stupidest, most preventable crime on the books, yet we continue to be lenient with people as it becomes more common.
Donte Stallworth should never be allowed to play an NFL game again.
The minute he steps on a field again, the NFL is saying to the public – this man is now even with society after he killed someone.
One year without pay for Donte, might be in comparison to working one hour without pay for most people…we would feel it as much as a feather landing in our hand.
He took a man’s life, accident or not, and because he is rich, or athletically talented, or sorry, he is able to walk away from this in no time.
It’s not fair to the Reyes family or the sport of football that this man be allowed back in the league.
Donte Stallworth shouldn’t be wearing a Browns jersey anymore – he should be wearing an orange jumpsuit.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Do you need any more proof that there will NEVER be another NHL team in Canada?
During his campaign to "better" the National Hockey League and rescue one of it's most fleeting franchises, Jim Balsillie has had more stones thrown at him than Saint Stephen. (look him up)
With the latest news that Jerry Reinsdorf's camp has a deal in principle with the Coyotes' biggest creditor, Balsillie's shining amour is dented and his white horse is heading to the glue factory.
Is it possible to despise a person more than the NHL feels for poor Jimmy?
I tell you, if I was going bankrupt and was going to lose my house, and someone came in and not only overpaid for it, but even promised to move it out of the neighbourhood - I'd be helping him grab an end to lift onto the truck.
The NHL has done everything it can in Canada...expanding back in the Great White North is not expanding the game or growing it as they want...it's admitting a loss.
Canadians love their hockey more than their morning Timmies, so it's not proving anything by moving a team there and watching it be successful.
The NHL cannot earn extra TV dollars in Canada and it is certainly not going to be showing any Calgary vs Hamilton games on NBC on Sunday afternoons.
Plus, by letting one franchise move to Canada - and watching it succeed - the lineup of current NHL owners who would want to follow suit would seem longer than a triple-overtime 1-0 loss.
"Hey, if it worked for Team A, why can't Team B move up there?"
Before you know it, there are five American teams wanting to move to Canada and the popularity of the NHL will rock bottom and be deemed a massive failure.
Bye bye, advertising dollars.
The NHL has been offered 212.5 million dollars for a team that will never make money by a man who owns a reputable, growing company and who's lifelong dream has been to own an NHL team...and they have a smile on their faces when barrier after barrier goes up in front of him.
Enjoy your SIX NHL teams Canada...you will never see a SEVENTH.
Monday, August 10, 2009
My name is Matt Dumouchelle, I live in Windsor, Ontario.
In the interest of full disclosure - I am a Detroit sports fan - the Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons and sometimes the Lions (or whatever team Jay Cutler plays for this week). But I'm a realistic fan...and a demanding one.
I'm currently the co-host of Rock Mornings with Craig and Matt on 95.1 and 100.7 The Rock, so evidently I have a gift for gab...now it's time to test my gift for the typed medium.
Aside from family, there has always been one constant in my life, that I know will always welcome me every morning and put me to sleep every night...and that is the World of Sports.
I read about it, think about it, talk about it, empty my bank account to it and now I write about it.
So join me, let's dive into why everyone hates the Yankees (and why they shouldn't), the ongoing battle between good and evil (Detroit and Toronto) in the NHL and why the Dallas Cowboys will win the Super Bowl this year...