NFL Hall Of Fame Linebacker Lawrence Taylor Arrested In Florida For DUI
By CNN // September 5, 2016
Arrest is just one of many since retiremeent
ABOVE VIDEO: Retired NFL player for the New York Giants, Lawrence Taylor, was arrested Friday in Palm Beach Gardens under suspicion of DUI, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. (WPTV News)
PALM BEACH COUNTY , FLORIDA –(CNN) Lawrence Taylor often had no trouble finding the quarterback during a 13-year NFL career that enshrined him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. But off the gridiron, he has found trouble of various sorts.
That pattern repeated itself Friday afternoon when Taylor was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida, and charged with driving under the influence, according to an arrest report from the Florida Highway Patrol.
The former New York Giants star was driving a 2010 Bentley on the Florida Turnpike south of Palm Beach Gardens when he allegedly struck the right side of a mobile home and also sideswiped a Florida Highway Patrol vehicle, troopers said.
Former New York Giants’ Lawrence Taylor during a happier day: at a 25 year anniversary celebration at halftime during a game against the Atlanta Falcons. He was arrested Friday in Florida on a DUI charge.
Police say the former professional athlete was arrested after he performed poorly on three field sobriety exercises at the crash site. The damage to the trooper cruiser was minimal, Sgt. Mark Wysocky told CNN.
Taylor was brought to Wellington Regional Medical Center after complaining he was going to throw up, the highway patrol said. He was then taken to Palm Beach County jail, according to highway patrol.
ABOVE VIDEO: Taylor was named the third best player in the history of the NFL during the leagues Top 100 players of all time countdown.
The two-time Super Bowl champion’s checkered past includes:
- In 2011, he pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a teenaged girl and was sentenced to six years.
- He was arrested multiple times after retiring from football in 1993.
- Taylor was suspended twice during his NFL career for substance abuse.
Taylor spoke openly of his struggles with cocaine addiction in his 2004 autobiography “LT: Over the Edge.” Taylor was released on his own recognizance is ordered to appear in Palm Beach County Court on September 28, according to the sheriff’s office.
Mark Lepselter, with Maxx Sports Entertainment in New York and who represents Taylor, did not immediately return a CNN call and email requesting comment.
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