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. GiantsSuck

    He probably thought she was hiding some crack in her p*&^%y and decided he needed it.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike W

    Everyone seems to have already convicted him of the crime. All it says is that he was arrested as part of an investigation. We are still innocent until proven guilty in this country.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. John Thompson

    Wow what a cynical bunch of people there are here.

    I take it that whole 'innocent till proven guilty' isn't a priority here. Not a single person here knows what happened, what's alleged (other than the vauge charge) and there are zero particulars or information on the story.

    Yet you people have all but handcuffed him and started a life sentence for him.

    This is one of the biggest problems with our country. We are a nation of freedom.

    I'm more ashamed of the people responding here than of LT right now. At least I KNOW what i'm ashamed of, you geniuses have no clue what you're talking about since NONE of the details have even been defined.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Drew Nomellini

    NFL Players lead a very high profile life. Many times a person may seek monetary or notoriety from these people. Its sad because often times the good they do for the nation is
    marred by an accusation or a conviction that would never hit the papers if it was an average individual. Keep an open mind on these cases.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Terry

    Apparently he still likes crack if you know what I mean.

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

    LT. The best linebacker that I've ever seen.
    I hope that this is not true but fear that it is.
    Evolution of the fittest/most violent. I guess that's what
    made them strong.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rick James

    Cocaine is a helluva drug!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alex Winter

    Uh oh. LT say it ain't so!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  9. pwrwagn

    Yeah, Im sure he was arrested cause he is black. I think Ben should be doing time too, but to say that he's not cause he is white is stupid... READ the police report if you are able to read. Ben is a piece of garbage who is getting off cause there is not enough evidence... LT is also a piece of garbage... Garbage is garbage – black OR white.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. MsBJC

    And the UVA lacrosse player did not kill that girl, "IT WAS AN ACCIDENT"!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. clyde Z

    LT my prayers are w/ you, but foremost my thoughts and concerns are with the alleged victim. I hope she receives the help and care she's gonna need, even if this turns out to be something different than what we know today. All of us should sit back and let justice run its course, and hope the truth prevails.
    Clyde Z
    hootie26
    dontaskdoverboy

    May 6, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Yvette

    "We are still innocent until proven guilty in this country." Naaaah... thats some other country you've got us confused with. In America, we can't wait to drag someone's black you know what through the mud. Let the lynching begin. LOL!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. Stephen McMillan

    The chick must of looked l ike a quarterback. Good sack LT!

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

    15 year old girl, BTW.
    Not sure if it's mentioned here.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dave 28

    Let's write another check to a woman who will remain unnamed through the whole process , whether the claim is true or not , and then wait for the next one , and the next one .......

    May 6, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
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