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Lawrence Taylor Pleads Guilty to Sex Charges: A Timeline of His Legal Troubles

Jan 13, 2011 – 6:19 PM
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Mary Phillips-Sandy Contributor

Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor sex charges. He will have to serve six years of probation and register as a sex offender, but will avoid jail time.

The former New York Giants linebacker was arrested last year and charged with felony rape after he was accused of paying to have sex with a 16-year-old girl. Police said the girl had been forced into prostitution by a man named Rasheed Davis, who was charged with sex trafficking.

Taylor, who claimed he thought the girl was 19, was ultimately charged with misdemeanor sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute.

In light of these developments, Surge Desk revisits Lawrence "L.T." Taylor's long list of controversies and illegal activities.

Drug use in the NFL
Taylor was briefly suspended from football in 1988 when he failed a drug test. Cocaine was detected in his urine.

Drug use after the NFL
After retiring from a 13-year career with the Giants, Taylor embarked on a serious binge of drugs, escort services and drinking. By his own estimation, he spent $1,000 a day on these vices. In 1998 he was arrested twice on drug charges and sent to rehab.

Tax evasion
In 1997 Taylor pleaded guilty to charges that he failed to report $48,000 in income. He received three months of house arrest and five years of probation.

Taylor was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after a hit-and-run in 2009. Florida police said he struck a van on the Palmetto Expressway, then kept driving. No one was injured, but the van's driver sued for $15,000 in damages.

Not criminal, but certainly noteworthy: Taylor was responsible for the event that ESPN viewers dubbed the most shocking moment in NFL history. The incident occurred during a 1985 Giants-Redskins game at RFK Stadium: Taylor tackled Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann hard, snapping Theismann's right leg and ending his football career.


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