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. AmericanD

    Why isn't this surprising?

    May 6, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. Don

    But he looks so innocent!

    May 6, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Don,
      I am not defending anyone against any accusations here, but I do have to question your comment. How does one look 'innocent' or 'guilty'? If you are basing your comment on the photo in the article, are we to assume then that his race makes him look a certain way regarding innocence/ guilt? If so, your predjudice and those who agree with you is disgusting. I hope that if a crime was indeed perpatrated, that the victim's attacker is punished. I also hope that Lawrence Taylor or any other black man (or any other non-white suspect) accused of a crime will be judged on the evidence and not their skin color. One can dream...

      May 6, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. FinalGirl

    Why ISN'T this surprising?

    May 6, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Benjamin Rothlisberger

    THANK GOD IT WASN'T ME THIS TIME!

    Seriously, nobody look my way. I was drunk driving a motorcycle without a helmet at the time.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. mark

    wait! he's the guy that does those man diet meals commercials. no way he's a rapist.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. jonnyess

    Hey wait a minute! Maybe they got the wrong "LT"...{you know what they say about ummm...NFL playas}

    May 6, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. kce

    Why do you arrest a person on someone's statement without proper investigation? They just let a man out of jail 29 years after the fact because he wasn't guilty as charged..we are a sad world..

    May 6, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. kce

    but just maybe he should get BIG BEN"S laywer, or bleah his skin..

    May 6, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Phil Morris

    Couldn't afford a 'Lady of the Night'?

    May 6, 2010 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. dave

    good by L T,coke head.

    May 6, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. mike

    so so sad

    May 6, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. PatriotsFan

    Crack makes you do crazy things!

    May 6, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. shugahman

    that fool doing bad thangs. No more diet for me

    May 6, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Dewey

    Kobe Bryant will give him some pointers on how to get out of this.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Another reason I like the NFL less and less. The idiocy of the NBA and thug players mentality seems to be fully spilling over into it.

    Where's Ray Nitchke when you need him?

    May 6, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
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