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Stallworth suspended

June 19, 2009

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— The NFL suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth, who killed a pedestrian while driving drunk.

In a letter to Stallworth, NFL commissioner Robert Goodell said Thursday the player’s actions caused “irreparable harm.” He will not be paid during the indefinite suspension.

Stallworth pleaded guilty this month to a DUI manslaughter charge for striking Mario Reyes on March 14 in Florida. He began serving a 30-day jail sentence Tuesday and has reached a financial settlement with the family of the 59-year-old construction worker.

After jail, the 28-year-old Stallworth must serve two years of house arrest and spend eight years on probation. The house arrest provisions would allow him to play.

In the letter, excerpts of which were released by the NFL, Goodell said he will eventually contact Stallworth’s representatives before determining the length of the suspension.

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