"She told me she was 19," said NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor,
admitting to having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute. In May the former
New York Giants linebacker was arrested at a suburban hotel after the
minor's uncle contacted New York City Police. On Thursday, Taylor plead guilty
to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute, two misdemeanor
offenses that will allow him to avoid jail time while having to register
as a sex offender. In his prime, Taylor brought the Giants two Super
Bowl titles but will now serve six years in probation. Did the former
NFL star get off easy?
- A Big Victory for Taylor, says ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack:
was first arrested he was facing jail time without any question ... The
fact that now he's able to plead to misdemeanors and not go to prison
is a win and I think this is probably the end of it." Under New York law, not knowing a person's age is not a defense against statutory rape so Taylor knew he needed to make a deal, reasons Cossack. Taylor admitted to paying $300 for the sex.
- It's Still Not Ideal, writes Chris Chase
at Yahoo Sports: "It's a victory for the former linebacker, although a
hollow one if he truly believed in his innocence. After years of
battling drug and alcohol abuse, Taylor had been rehabilitating his
public image prior to the arrest. He competed on 'Dancing With the
Stars' in 2009 and was a spokesman for NutriSystem. The diet company
dropped him after his latest brush with the law."
- Prosecutors Initially Wanted a Felony, writes Jim Fitzgerald
at The Associated Press: "He previously had pleaded not guilty to
third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute, sexual abuse and
endangering a child. He had been resisting a plea deal for months.
Prosecutors said in December he had been offered a six-month jail term
and 10 years’ probation in exchange for pleading guilty to a felony."
- His Defense Seems Implausible, writes Darlena Bonds
at All Voices: "Ignorance of age isn't a defense. How intelligent was
this child for him not to know she was young? Or was he that naive that
he can't tell a child from an adult?"
- I Wouldn't Jump to Conclusions, writes William Charles Baker
at Digital Journal: " The great New York Giants line backer that
garnered more attention because of his play and skill at the game of
football has fallen on hard times and it is difficult not to be
sympathetic. Who knows what is allowed or not allowed for certain
players? All we have is the media and my trust in their reporting of
anything but scores is limited."
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