NEW: NFL player Donte Stallworth could be playing again in "weeks," his agent says
A hot air balloon went down after hitting power lines in Miami, sending 2 to the hospital
Stallworth, who suffered severe burns, was in the balloon with a female friend, his lawyer says
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating
Police said the hot air balloon they were riding in plunged to the ground after hitting power lines in Miami on Saturday. The balloon’s pilot was not injured, CNN affiliate WSVN reported.
A third passenger in the balloon was not injured.
Police responded to calls at around 10 a.m. about the basket of the hot air balloon crashing into the power lines while airborne.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating with the help of Miami-Dade police, Detective Roy Rutland said.
Stallworth suffered severe burns and is in stable condition at Miami’s Kendall Regional Medical Center, said his attorney, Christopher Lyons.
The wide receiver was in the balloon with a female friend when the accident occurred, according to Lyons. The lawyer did not name the woman or detail her condition. The third person was operating the balloon, according to local media reports.
The California native began his NFL career in 2002 with the New Orleans Saints and most recently played for the New England Patriots. He is a free agent.
Drew Rosenhaus, Stallworth’s sports agent, said Saturday that his client is “in good spirits.”
“He was injured, but will be fine,” said Rosenhaus, adding later that he hopes Stallworth is back playing “in a matter of weeks.”
Beyond his on-field exploits – from his time at the University of Tennessee to his years playing with the Saints, Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins – Stallworth is known for hitting and killing construction worker Mario Reyes, who was crossing a street in Miami in 2009.
Under a plea agreement, Stallworth was sentenced to 30 days in jail for DUI manslaughter. He also reached an “amicable” settlement with the Reyes family, Lyons said. The NFL also suspended him for one season.
CNN’s Rick Martin and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.