Fresh off serving less than a month in jail for DUI manslaughter, the pass-catching enthusiast was informed by commissioner Roger Goddell that he is suspended for the 2009 campaign for violating both the substances of abuse and the personal conduct policy.
Goddell's letter to Stallworth contained the following strongly worded passage:
"In my view, the essential facts are that you had alcohol in your system well above the legal limit, made a conscious decision to drive, and struck and killed a man. As you recognize, this conduct and the loss of life has caused serious damage to the NFL and NFL players generally. Legal arguments that focus on criminal liability under Florida law do not diminish that damage or your responsibility for your conduct."
"Despite a repeated emphasis on the importance of avoiding driving under the influence of alcohol, you chose to drive under circumstances where you were legally impaired. And you did so even though safe and confidential alternatives, such as the "Safe Ride" program, were available to you. Your conduct endangered yourself and others, leading to the death of an innocent man. The NFL and NFL players must live with the stain that you have placed on their reputations."