A New Low For The Great LT

Come on, big fella......how are we supposed to sympathize with you now?

I’m guessing that most of you have run across the news item concerning former NFL great Lawrence Taylor that is in the news today…..if you watch ESPN at all, they have had it on non-stop since the story broke this morning. Taylor has been charged with the rape of a 15 year old girl in a Montibello, N.Y. hotel room on Wednesday night. He is alleged to have paid someone $300 to have sex with the girl, who also was alleged to have been assaulted by the person collecting Taylor’s money. Anyone been here before? Haven’t we traveled this path at some earlier point……maybe even several times? Hasn’t this guy’s public persona and reputation somehow remained intact throughout a series of alleged crimes and offenses that would have killed most others off long before? The drug charges, the bail evasion charges, the countless brushes with the wrong side of the police ledger: this man has stayed alive like a cockroach in the midst of nukes. It always seemed to come back to the fact that Taylor may be the greatest defensive player in NFL history and his troubles were just misunderstandings and bad choices, but somehow, the real LT would emerge and all would be forgiven. The big guy would smile into the camera and stammer through a broadcast or two and, once again, con his way into America’s pop culture conscience, a throwback doing good once again….and now this, accusations of the worst kind, worthy of his most ardent fans’ contempt. I hope my gut feelings are wrong, but what else am I to think, given where LT has been throughout his journey? At what point does the “Where there’s smoke, there must be fire” rule apply? If guilty, these are the acts of a sick man, hell bent on his own gratification without consideration for his own well being and that of his wife and family. A couple of weeks back, LT made the news, talking about the night he was drafted by the New York Giants and how he was hanging out with his “beer drinking buddies”, on his way to drinking forty one Coors Lights that night. At the time, I remember thinking,”Wow….LT just had to get in the news, huh?” Little did I know he was warming us up for the main course……served really cold.

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~ by darrylthewriter on May 6, 2010.

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