Cleveland Browns wideout Donte Stallworth, now serving 30 days in jail for striking a man with his car and killing him in March, had marijuana in his system at the time of the accident, the athlete’s attorney acknowledged Tuesday.
"Evidence leaked or released over the coming days and weeks will reflect exculpatory statements and acts by Donte', the presence of marijuana in his blood, and it will highlight the critical issue of causation," David Cornwell said in a statement, confirming a report in the Miami Herald on Tuesday, based on anonymous sources, that Stallworth tested positive for marijuana.
Hall of Famer Jim Brown had told a Miami radio station last month that marijuana was found in Stallworth's system on the night he struck and killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes. Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and is serving a 30-day sentence, with two years of house arrest to be served after that. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Stallworth indefinitely.
"The NFL's substance abuse policy addresses the specific discipline that may be imposed for use of illegal substances," Cornwell said. "We are confident that Commissioner Goodell will respect existing league polices and consider all of the evidence when making his disciplinary assessment."