Receiver Damore’ea Stringfellow says his Super Bowl night incident with teammate Cyler Miles and Seahawks fans in 2013 “painted a picture on people that is really not me.” The Seahawks appear interested in drafting Stringfellow.
Damore’ea Stringfellow can’t change history.
But in the weird way that life and sports often work, he knows there’s a chance that a return to his past could help him create a future that might also help him change the perception created during a night he wishes he could take back.
A receiver on the UW football team who had just begun to break out near the end of his freshman season in 2013, Stringfellow never played another game for the Huskies after being charged with three misdemeanors as a result of two altercations following the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos.
He ultimately pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault and another of third-degree mischief in altercations that erupted during Super Bowl celebrations. Stringfellow was accompanied that night by then-UW quarterback Cyler Miles, a Denver native (Miles was not charged in connection with the incidents).
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Along with the penalties enacted by the legal system — Stringfellow was sentenced to five days on a work crew and fined $693 — he also was suspended by UW, eventually transferring to Ole Miss, and last February was barred from attending the NFL Combine.
“It was just me being young,’’ Stringfellow said in a recent phone interview, of the Super Bowl night altercations. “Obviously that incident that happened got out and it painted a picture on people that is really not me. That’s kind of like the only thing they have to base my identity on, which is not good. But hopefully with the opportunity I will be able to change their outlook on me.’’
That opportunity could well come back in Seattle.
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