Has Lawrence Taylor Finally Run Out Of Chances?
I don’t have any research in front of me, but I have to believe that America is one of the most forgiving countries in the world. I mean, how else can you explain some of the stuff we’ve looked beyond as a country? Kobe Bryant cheating on his wife in Colorado. Bill Clinton carrying on like a frat boy in the Oval Office. Chris Brown raising his hands to Rihanna. Tiger Woods sleeping with half of the single women in the free world. Mess up? Who cares! We’ll forgive you!
It’s one of the reasons NFL great Lawrence Taylor has lasted this long in the public eye. The former New York Giants linebacker has admittedly gone through his share of problems in the past. He’s struggled with drugs, struggled with women, struggled with drugs and women at the same time and essentially created an off-the-field persona that’s outmatched his on-the-field one, which is pretty impressive considering that he’s one of the greatest players on the defensive side of the ball in NFL history. He’s upset NFL fans and the rest of the country repeatedly in the past, but we’ve always managed to forgive him. Somehow, someway, his reputation as a player has always preceded him, not his reputation for doing dirt when he wasn’t playing the game of football. Hell, he’s been so successful at it that he appeared on a season of Dancing With The Stars recently.
But it’s safe to say those days are now officially behind him. If you haven’t heard yet, Taylor stands accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in Suffern, New York early Thursday morning. Details are still coming out, but essentially, police have concluded that the 16-year-old girl is a runaway from the Bronx, who was brought to a Holiday Inn in Suffern by a pimp to have sex with Taylor in exchange for cash. She was allegedly injured by the pimp prior to arriving at the hotel and she claims that Taylor sexually assaulted her once she got there. Taylor now stands charged with rape and is free on $75,000 bail.
As a Giants fan, I enjoyed watching LT play on the field. I was too young to know much about the drugs and the booze and the partying and the females back then, but I’ve been following his story more closely in recent years and it’s been great seeing him get his life back together. But, unfortunately, there comes a time when we have to let a sad story play out the way it’s supposed to. For Taylor, that time is now.
Even if LT didn’t do anything to the girl accusing him of rape, he’s clearly still putting himself into precarious situations. He may not be doing drugs anymore or hanging out at clubs all night, but he’s still hanging around places where trouble is clearly on the guest list. He’s once again spit in the face of all the people who have followed his career and prayed for him to get his act together.
In the coming days, weeks and months, more information on the case will become public. We’ll find out more about the accuser, the pimp and LT himself. We’ll hear stories that will give us a better idea of why LT was willing to put his reputation on the line once again. We’ll even get reactions from other pro athletes and see where he stands when it comes to the world of sports. But there’s one thing that I think we know already: Lawrence Taylor has run out of chances.
At this point, we’re starting to look a little foolish hoping he’ll ever change. So this latest incident may be something we’ll forgive—but it’s definitely not something we’ll forget.
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