Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth, currently under indefinite suspension by the NFL, will meet Wednesday afternoon with commissioner Roger Goodell in Manhattan, according to a source with knowledge of the meeting.
It is unclear what Stallworth and Goodell will discuss during their meeting. Miami TV station WPLG first reported the story.
Stallworth, 28, pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter charges in June after fatally striking Mario Reyes, a 59-year-old construction crane operator, on March 14 in Miami. Stallworth had been drinking at a Miami Beach club just hours before he killed Reyes, who was rushing to catch a bus after finishing work shortly after 7 a.m. Reyes was not in a crosswalk when he was hit.
Stallworth had a blood-alcohol level of .126, above Florida’s .08 legal limit. Tests taken at the scene also determined that Stallworth had marijuana in his system.
Stallworth served 24 days in a Miami-Dade jail as part of his plea agreement, which includes two years of house arrest, eight years of probation, drug and alcohol testing, 1,000 hours of community service and a lifetime suspension of his driver’s license. Stallworth also reached a multimillion-dollar financial settlement with Reyes’ family.
On June 18, Goodell suspended Stallworth indefinitely without pay, stating in a letter to Stallworth that his actions had violated the personal conduct and substance-abuse policies and ” …caused irreparable harm to the victim and his family, your club, your fellow players and the NFL.”
Stallworth previously was a participant in the league’s substance-abuse program, according to a March 2007 report in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
When asked about the report the following week, after signing with the New England Patriots, Stallworth told The Associated Press: “All that stuff is in the past. There was a situation a couple years ago.”
Stallworth signed a seven-year, $35 million contract with the Browns before last season but was injured much of the year. He finished the ’08 season with 17 receptions for 170 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. The seven-year veteran also played for the Saints and Eagles.