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. Jane

    I wonder how old the guy was that he did this to...

    May 6, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. awe stuck

    "remember kids.....don't smoke crack"

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

    its amazing how you zombies assume he's guilty with all the false rap allegations being so common these days

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

      It's NOT his first offense stupid! He's Guilty until proven innocent

      May 6, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe cassidy

    Put the bum away for 100n years,, he played high on cocain and we call him a hall of famer.. what a sham.

    JC

    May 6, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. VeritasNY

    Ramapo, the Jewel of the Hudson. Christopher St. Lawrence will do anything to get publicity.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bobby Boucher

    Which brings me to my second point, kids. Don't do crack.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob Dole

    he can still get it up?! *woof* good boy!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. joe cassidy

    Now 51 years old, he was known in his pro days for his "great intensity, speed, and COCAIN strength-fueled attack style," the Hall of Fame says, adding that he "redefined the way outside linebacker position was played."
    In the words of Al Davis.."JUST PLAY HIGN BABY"<<< and the sports writers will. call you a GOD.....

    May 6, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chris

    LT was always a train on the field and a trainwreck off the field.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Giant's Fan

    It's too bad. What a great career! He needs help immediately

    May 6, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tiffany

    Must be a white woman.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tuffyturf

    Wow, I wonder how he fit it into his SMOKING CRACK schedule. I do not believe this...the man retired from the NFL, started smoking crack....so nutri-system hired him to be a spokesperson. Look at all the weight he lost, not from the diet, from SMOKING CRACK...

    Then ABC, says- wow look at that thin crack addict with all that energy from SMOKING COCAINE, we should put him on dancing with the stars- and Presto he was a celebrity again! Yeah....so what is next..

    Hmm, lets see, raping women....After he gets off on that charge, I see an endorsement from Disney coming his way... Snow White and the 7 horz... it is all about a big pile of Cocaine and 7 naked women, then LT comes in the room... (Go ahead you guys write the ending)

    May 6, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kevin

    In the words of Rick James on the Chappelle show, "Cocaine's a hell of a drug"

    May 6, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Phyl

    Yup, love it. Whatever happended to innocent until proven guilty? Talk about racist remarks, he's black & played pro football, therefore he's a coke head & a rapist. Great wonderful Christian society we live in!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      Religion is for children, and weak fools in rehab. Don't be such a child. Is Santa Clause real?

      May 6, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Huh?

    You guys suck at one-liners...

    May 6, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
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