Wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth suffered severe burns when the hot air balloon carrying him and two other passengers crashed into power lines over Homestead Saturday morning. Two people from the accident were airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center’s trauma center and are in stable condition according to WTVJ NBC 6 in Miami. ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss first broke the story on Twitter, identifying the other injured party as Stallworth’s girlfriend.
In a typically sunny statement from an agent, Drew Rosenhaus said “He’s going to be OK. He has some burns, but he’s going to be fine. He will be able to continue his NFL career. The injuries are not to the extent they will jeopardize his career.” The Patriots had reportedly shown interest in resigning the troubled wide receiver, but as of the time of the crash he had not been offered a new deal with the team.
Unlike NFL.com, I will not be wishing Stallworth a quick recovery as I still find it incredible he didn’t spend the full 30 days of his DUI manslaughter conviction in jail. Considering what a light sentence he received, six more days in the hoosegow wouldn’t have been unreasonable. (One could even argue that taking a taxi seems more logical than a hot air balloon, no matter how sick of Yellow Cab he may have grown over the past three years since his Florida driver’s license was suspended.) I do however wish his girlfriend a speedy recovery and hope she suffers no long term effects from the accident.