Let’s play a little game of word-association. I’ll write something and you tell me the first thing that comes to your mind.
City Softball Leagues
Okay, so I don’t really want to talk about the first two. Those were just a warm-up. I really only want to talk about the third thing: DUI Manslaughter.
Now, your answers could be anything; a lot of things could have popped up in your mind. One thing I’m guessing you didn’t think, though, was “30 days in jail, two years probation.”
I’m referring of course to the case surrounding NFL’s most recent convict, Donte Stallworth.
In case you haven’t heard, Stallworth struck and killed a man in Florida recently with his car. Stallworth had a blood-alcohol level of .126 at the time—the Florida limit is .08. Stallworth was found guilty of DUI Manslaughter and was sentenced to a whopping 30 days in jail and two years’ probation (in which he can’t leave his home without permission).
With his actions, Stallworth joined a not-so-exclusive club in the NFL which includes Plaxico Burress, Adam “Pacman” Jones and Michael Vick.
Someday we need to organize some sort of parade for all of these professional-athlete-turned-criminals. Either that or re-enact some sort of “Longest Yard” situation in which all the football players in jail play the guards (with hilarious consequences, of course).
My question is why do we as a society continue to empower these criminals (both present and future)? We use and abuse them in college, we pay them millions and millions of dollars when they reach the NFL, and when they screw up we let them off the hook.
Seriously, do you really think you’d get just 30 days in jail if you were driving under the influence and killed an innocent man? So why the double standard?
Stories like this make me sick.
But, stories like this also make me so glad I’m a fan of a school that emphasizes character first—that strives to produce good men and fathers—not felons.