Punishments, Part 3
Posted on: August 13, 2009 11:34 am
Donte Stallworth might be my favorite punching bag. Well, he deserves it. Today, Roger Goddell suspended Stallworth for the entire season. This presents and interesitng quesiton in the legal sense. In 2008, Stallworth signed a five year contract. How does the suspension affect the years of the contract? When he comes back, he will have presumably, three years remaining on the contract. But should he? In the law, there is a concept of tolling, where a statute of limitations to initiate legal action may be extended if certain conditions persist. Should Stallworth's contract be tolled? Stallworth would probably prefer it, given that it ensures his employment and payment, and the contract was pretty high given his production. Further, he will have diminished eanring potential at the end of his contract, as he will be older and have fewer productive years. The Browns may not want it tolled, given the fact he is a public relations nightmare. I am not aware of policies in professional sports with respect to tolling contracts based on suspensions, but if it has not been considered, it would be interesting to see if the players union attempts to initiate a tolling proposal.