Goodell meets with Stallworth

Published 1:48 am Thursday, August 6, 2009

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. and The Plain Dealer, both citing unnamed sources, also said the meeting took place.

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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.