Goodell meets with Stallworth
BEREA (AP) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth, suspended indefinitely for killing a pedestrian while driving drunk, met in New York with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about a possible reinstatement, according to media reports.
Stallworth was recently released from jail after serving 24 days for a DUI conviction.
Miami’s WPLG-TV first reported Stallworth’s meeting with Goodell. ESPN.com and The Plain Dealer, both citing unnamed sources, also said the meeting took place.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not confirm the meeting or give any timetable on a possible decision by Goodell.
‘‘We do not comment on the details of the review process,’’ Aiello said in an e-mail response. ‘‘So we decline to comment on the report of a meeting today. When a decision is made, we will announce it.’’
Browns coach Eric Mangini declined to comment Wednesday on Stallworth’s status, saying it was a ‘‘league matter’’ and that the team would address it at the proper time.
Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter in the death of 59-year-old Mario Reyes of Miami. Stallworth admitted drinking at a Miami Beach hotel before the accident. He reached an undisclosed financial settlement with Reyes’ family, which factored into his relatively light sentence.