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. philsmit

    Funny, he doesn't look high or anything.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zebula

    LT? No way. I'll believe it when the evidence proves it. Until then, he's innocent. I think we learn that in 3rd grade...

    May 6, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. GayleKing

    He tried to grab me.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. hjs3

    Oh Roger I sense yet another PR headache for you.....Uh oh!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Kim Patrick

    I will reserve my judgment until the facts come out. Innocent until proven guilty.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. James

    Really we need to keep all parties in prayer, LT, The victim, those who are investigating, the judge, jury or anybody who has the authority to give justice. I have come to realize that if you are a person of stature one night of yes can turn out to be a night of "no I didn't want to do that" after the fact. Dave Chappell was right, there needs to be a "Love Contract", because nowadays people can change their mind fast without really knowing what will happened next. To LT and the Victim we are praying for you both.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  7. Donna

    He's been accusted not convicted. Scary that anybody can make an accusation and somebody gets arrested and tried in the media.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Imbecile

    An NFL player involved in illegal activities? Nonsense!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Has someone been hanging out with Ben Rothlisberger lately?

    May 6, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. Johnny G

    just read the girl was 15years old – maybe OJ has room for LT next door

    May 6, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  11. Tomen8r

    Wow. Lawrence Taylor in trouble again? Who saw this coming? Anyone??? LOLOLOL ..

    May 6, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Wow!! A white guy of wealth KILLS a woman and not much is said...a BLACK former football player is arrested as part of an investigation and he is guilty and hung immediately. Lets all go back to Rosewood and kill all tha darkies while it is still time!! Makes me ashamed. The internet allows so many racist people to make comments that they have thought for years!!

    May 6, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. NotPoliticallyCorrect

    You can take the homie out of the hood, but not the hood out of the homie. Yeah, I said it.

    May 6, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  14. bobby

    maybe he can room with oj

    May 6, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. no fan

    Is this why they call it The National Felons League?

    May 6, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
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