NFL free agent Donte Stallworth is in the hospital with serious burns he sustained when a passenger balloon carrying him and three others crashed into power lines. The accident occurred in South Florida. According to a March 16 AP article, the balloon was operating in the Homestead area of Dade County when it crashed into power lines. Stallworth and two other passengers were taken to a trauma center. A third passenger was not injured.
Stallworth, a wide receiver, was on the NFL injured list with an ankle injury. He had signed with the Patriots in 2012 and sustained the ankle injury after one game last season with the New England Patriots. He did contribute to New England's Week 14 win over the Houston Texans, according to a March 16 article in USA Today.
On March 16, ESPN broke the news, reporting that Stallworth's agent, Drew Rosenhouse assured the press that Stallworth will not suffer permanent damage and the burns will not jeopardize his career.
Stallworth was suspended for the NFL's 2009 season after he struck and killed a pedestrian while driving in South Florida. He spent 24 days in jail for a DUI manslaughter conviction.