Former professional football player and all-star linebacker Lawrence Taylor has been arrested under accusations of third-degree rape, and soliciting a 16-year-old prostitute. Taylor was apprehended in his hotel room at approximately 4:00AM on Thursday, May 6th, 2010. Taylor has been taken into custody after the police were informed that the girl had been taken to his hotel room against her will by a man whom was paid $300.00 by Taylor for the arrangement. Taylor’s lawyer, Arthur L. Aidala, said Taylor denies having sex with the girl, who is referred to by initials only, being that the girl is a minor. Taylor faces a maximum of one year in prison for the solicitation charge, as well as a maximum of four years for felony third-degree rape.
A Tattooed Past
Taylor has always been known as the most unruly professional athlete in recent history. He is a self-proclaimed wild dude and has always had resentment for authorities and control. “For me, crazy as it seems, there is a real relationship between wild reckless abandon off the field, and being that way on the field,” Taylor stated in a 1987 interview. Taylor’s complete disregard for his own safety and his wild nature are part of the reason he has achieved hall of fame status as one of the most talented football players in history. However, this mentality has also caused him legal troubles for decades, ranging from being imprisoned three times on drug charges, up until yesterday when he was arrested for raping a 16-year-old female.
Riddled With Addition
In contrast to Taylor’s glory and fame on the gridiron, his personal life has been marred and ravaged by drug addiction and controversy. Taylor admitted that he had a problem with alcohol, however his drug of choice was Cocaine. Taylor tested positive for cocaine while playing in the NFL in 1987, and was suspended for 30 days from the league, and tested positive again in 1988. After testing positive twice, he supposedly gave up drugs for the next five years as a third positive test would have ended his career. As his retirement neared, Taylor looked forward to no longer having to abide by the NFL’s anti-drug policy and looked forward to using cocaine regularly again. He went to drug and alcohol treatment two times, and was arrested three more times on drug charges after buying cocaine from an undercover police officer.