May 6th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Football star Lawrence Taylor charged with rape

Lawrence Taylor was arrested as part of a rape investigation.

[Updated at 6:46 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 3:46 p.m.] Hall of Fame football star Lawrence Taylor was charged with third-degree rape Thursday in a case involving a 16-year-old girl, police said.

[Posted at 10:40 a.m.] Hall of Fame football linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested Thursday in connection with a rape investigation involving a 16-year-old girl, police in Ramapo, New York, said.

Christopher St. Lawrence, the Ramapo, New York, town supervisor and police commissioner, said Taylor, 51, was expected to be charged with third degree rape, which carries a possible penalty of four years in jail.

According to St. Lawrence, Taylor was arrested at the Holiday Inn in Ramapo, about 30 miles northwest of New York City, on Thursday after Ramapo police received a call from New York City police detectives acting on information from the alleged victim's uncle.

The girl, a runaway from New York's Bronx borough since March, was allegedly brought to Ramapo by a pimp, St. Lawrence said.

When the pimp and the girl returned to New York City, she texted an uncle who notified police, St. Lawrence said. New York City police arrested the pimp and called Ramapo, and Taylor was then arrested, he said.

CNN's attempt to contact Taylor's agent was not immediately successful.

Taylor was a 10-time all-pro linebacker for the New York Giants from 1981 to 1993 after earning All American honors at the University of North Carolina.

A punishing tackler and pass rusher known by his initials "L.T.," he was on two Super Bowl champion teams and was inducted into the National Football League's Hall of Fame, which noted that he "redefined the way the outside linebacker position was played."

However, Taylor was twice suspended by the NFL for substance abuse and battled a cocaine addiction long after retirement, resulting in several arrests and a downward spiral that he chronicled in a 2003 autobiography.

After kicking drugs, he worked as a sports commentator and appeared as a contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" in 2009. Taylor and his dance partner on the program, Evyta Swilinska, finished seventh in the competition. - CNN's Ross Levitt contributed to this story The-CNN-Wire/Atlanta/+1-404-827-5872

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  1. donny

    LT and Big Ben, quite a dynamic duo!!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. frank myles

    Not surprising; he's not Ben Rothlisberger!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    Sometimes a bad dude is a bad dude. Has nothing to do with color. Mark Ingram and L.T. are guys who just couldn't stay out of trouble. Harry Carson and George Martin are role models. Unfortunately we don't always see the good guys as much as we should. Just wait on Ben Rothelisberger. If they don't get him now, they will eventually. He is on that road of self destruction which a lot of people can never exit. L.T. is one of those guys.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Diana

    I am appalled on how everyone is so quick to judge someone just because a "kid" claims something happened. He is innocent until otherwise proven, not guilty because a "kid" claims something. Listen up guys....this is the oldest trick in the book ..... girls just love to screw with guys when the girls don't get what they want.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John Mark

    uh oh, I see another dream team coming!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dennis

    He can add this to his sack list!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PV

    Your all quick to judge him based on an accusation?

    May 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kruegger

    I bet she liked it

    May 6, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yvonne

    A few nights ago, I watched a television program about his former drug abuse problems. I wonder if he ever really got clean or if he's relapsed.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DEMMY

    L.T. has to much class for this type of BS , The woman just realize that she played herself and wants to get payed,she knew what she was getting in to,she~s a gold digger and thats all to it ,THE WOMAN IS LOOKING FOR A PAID DAY and that all she wants.To what lenght will a woman go to, THE WOMAN IS SICK, Give her a Lollipop and call somebody in the morning.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rickjames

    Cocaine, it's a helluva drug!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Denizen Kate

    The amount of vitriol in these comments says a lot about the state of our society. So many have him tried and convicted already. Whatever happended to "innocent until proven guilty"? Not to mention all the negative personal opinions and judgements of a man none of you know personally (meeting him once doesn't count). People in glass coffins shouldn't rattle their bones.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stedman

    He was down on that like Oprah eating a bologna sandwich at a crack party..

    May 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chairman, Committee on Committees

    He'll make a helluva football coach in the penal league and a wonderful prison wife. Get that man a carton of cigarettes. He's gonna need them.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Larry

    The "kid" was a runaway who was apparently provided by a pimp. She had supposedly also been punched in the face.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
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