Browns' Stallworth Suspended for '09 Season

Broke league's 'substance-abuse,' 'personal conduct' rules
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 13, 2009 11:32 AM CDT
This is a June 16, 2009, file photo showing Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte' Stallworth arriving at the Miami-Dade County courtroom in Miami.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
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(Newser) – Donte’ Stallworth has been suspended without pay for the 2009 NFL season, the Plain Dealer reports. The Browns wide receiver, who pleaded guilty in June to DUI manslaughter committed in Miami in March, violated league policies on personal conduct and substance abuse. Stallworth is banned from taking part in any team activity in the coming season.

“Longstanding league policies make clear that discipline is warranted 'if a player is convicted of or admits to a violation of the law...relating to the use of alcohol,'" commissioner Roger Goodell wrote to Stallworth. The receiver reacted to the news on Twitter, quoting a 17th-century poet: “I'M A LITTLE WOUNDED, BUT I'M NOT SLAIN; I WILL LAY ME DOWN 4A WHILE 2 BLEED, THEN I'LL RISE & FIGHT WITH YOU AGAIN.”