Donté Stallworth Turned His Life Around After Being Charged With DUI Manslaughter

Donté Stallworth was a solid wide receiver in the NFL, but a big mistake put his name in the news for the wrong reasons. Stallworth ultimately spent a little less than 30 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter before returning to the NFL for a few more seasons.

However, since the incident, Stallworth has completely turned his life around.

Donté Stallworth was a productive NFL wide receiver

After spending 30 days in jail for DUI manslaughter, former NFL wide receiver Donté Stallworth has completely turned his life around.
Wide receiver Donté Stallworth of the New England Patriots works out before a preseason game. | Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Donté Stallworth, a 2002 first-round draft pick, was never a Pro Bowl wide receiver. He was, however, still pretty productive throughout his career. This was especially true in New Orleans throughout his first four seasons. He was also a key player on the 2007 New England Patriots team that went 18-0 before losing in the Super Bowl.

Here is a glance at his NFL career by the numbers:

  • Stallworth’s best season was with the Saints in 2005 when he caught 70 passes for 945 yards and seven touchdowns
  • He caught 46 passes for 697 yards and three touchdowns on the 2007 Patriots
  • Stallworth finished his career with 321 catches for 4,837 yards and 35 touchdowns 

All in all, Stallworth played for six different teams in his career. He last played for the Patriots in 2012 but only suited up in one game that season. While he did have a good amount of success, people might remember him more for his big mistake.

Spending time in jail

On March 14, 2009, Stallworth struck and killed 59-year-old construction worker Mario Reyes while driving drunk. He ultimately pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and faced 15 years in prison, according to However, Stallworth was sentenced to 30 days in jail but just served 24 days, according to CNN.

He was also sentenced to two years of house arrest, per However, the provisions allowed him to resume his NFL career.

After his time in jail, Stallworth was suspended for the 2009 season. He came back and played in the NFL during the 2010 campaign, though, as he logged eight games for the Baltimore Ravens. Stallworth only caught two passes for 82 yards that season. He also played in 11 games for Washington in 2011 and caught 22 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Then in 2012, he played in that one game for the Patriots and had one catch that went for a 63-yard touchdown.

He has not played in an NFL game since. 

Stallworth has turned his life around

Since last playing in the NFL, Stallworth has not been someone who repeats his mistakes.

In 2014, Stallworth accepted a fellowship with The Huffington Post. He covered a wide range of political topics while he was there, including President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy, immigration policies, and Hillary Clinton’s stances on Israel security and Iran’s nuclear program.

This then led to him accepting a job as a strategic development consultant with Valens Global, a consulting firm that focuses “on the challenges posed by violent non-state actors.” According to a press release from Valens Global, Stallworth oversaw a project “examining how improved venue design can reduce the lethality of terrorist and mass-shooting incidents.” He also helped with other priorities including client development and research.

Additionally, in 2017, CNN added Stallworth as a contributor, according to the Free Beacon. He even wrote a piece for CNN about how he learned from what he did wrong:

“I know that I will never fully understand the pain and anguish my actions caused the Reyes family. It has taken me years to come to terms with the fact that nothing I ever do will make up for it. But I believe that I have a responsibility to do what I can to stop other people from driving impaired and to prevent other families from experiencing the same loss.”

Donté Stallworth

Stallworth is also very active on social media. He often tweets about politics and sports and even posted a picture on Instagram in 2018 with actor John Krasinski while he was on the set of Jack Ryan.

Throughout his life, Stallworth has certainly made mistakes. It seems he has learned from them, though, and has turned his life around for the better. Hopefully, he continues to make a name for himself in the political world and beyond.