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Roger Goodell: Donte Stallworth Reinstated After Super Bowl

Feb 5, 2010 – 3:20 PM
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who was suspended for the entire 2009 season as a result of his DUI manslaughter conviction, will be welcomed back into the league next week.

"He will be reinstated after the Super Bowl," Goodell said of Stallworth.

Goodell said he sat down with Stallworth face-to-face for close to an hour at the end of the regular-season and discussed his suspension and reinstatement. Goodell indicated that he came away from that conversation convinced that Stallworth sincerely wants to turn his life around.

"I think he's in a better place than he was," Goodell said. "I think he recognizes what he did and the horrific nature."

Stallworth was driving drunk in March 2009 when a man named Mario Reyes crossed the street in front of him. Stallworth's Bentley struck Reyes, and he was pronounced dead about an hour later. As part of a plea deal, Stallworth spent 24 days in jail and paid an undisclosed sum to Reyes' family.

Goodell suspended Stallworth for the entire season in August. Although he's technically still a member of the Cleveland Browns, Stallworth is expected to be released as soon as he is reinstated, which would make him a free agent.
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