As a reporter covering national security. Erik Wemple of the Washington Post writes:
This week in high-profile journo-personnel action: Bloomberg News hires Slate’s Dave Weigel. Michael Bloomberg reasserts plenary control of Bloomberg LP following three terms as mayor of New York. And the Huffington Post hires Donte Stallworth as a fellow to cover national security.
What was that last one again?
“Donte has a quick mind, an insatiable curiosity and a passion for politics — the necessary qualities of a great journalist,” said Ryan Grim, the Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief, in a prepared statement on the hire. That scouting report will doubtless please Stallworth, who is transitioning from a decade-long NFL career that included stints with the New Orleans Saints, the Philadelphia Eagles, the New England Patriots and Washington’s own professional football squad. He recently did a coaching internship with the Baltimore Ravens.
When NFL veterans finish their playing careers and embark on a job in the media, it’s generally in some booth with a microphone and lots of babble about field position and turnovers-will-kill-you. This is different: Stallworth is joining an inside-the-Beltway operation that covers a lot of politics, a lot of media and a lot of poverty.
Stallworth, along with his “insatiable curiosity,” is also a convicted felon. . .
Stallworth pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter for striking and killing a 59-year-old man in Florida in 2009.
. . .and a 9/11 truther. . .
Here’s Stallworth talking about the DUI conviction. We eagerly await an equally heartfelt explanation of his trutherism.