New York Giants Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor plead guilty Monday to driving under the influence causing or contributing injury to person or property.
Taylor, 58, was driving his 2010 Bentley in Palm Beach Gardens, Flo., an hour north of Miami when he sideswiped a police car and a motor home as he tried to merge onto the Florida Turnpike from an on-ramp on Sept. 2, 2016. No one was injured.
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Police said Taylor had been smoking cigars and smelled like alcohol. He failed a roadside sobriety test. His blood-alcohol level was 0.082 percent, more than the legal limit of 0.08 percent. When asked if he had been drinking, Taylor’s response was “Apparently, too much” according to the police report.
According to the terms of the plea deal, Taylor will receive a year’s probation and must pay nearly $1,500 in court costs. He will also have to perform 75 hours of community service and will be required to install an ignition interlock device on one of his cars for six months. Taylor’s driver’s license will also be suspended for nine months.
Taylor will be able to buy out half of his community service hours at $10 per hour.
Taylor spent his entire 13-year NFL career with the Giants after being drafted second overall out of the University of North Carolina in 1981. He recorded 132.5 sacks in his career with 10 Pro Bowl selections, three NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1981, 1982, 1986), and the 1986 NFL Most Valuable Player awards. He was the defensive cornerstone of Giants teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV.
Taylor was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999, his first year of eligibility, his No. 56 retired by the Giants, and he was inducted into the Giants Ring of Honor in 2010.
Drug and alcohol problems followed Taylor since his playing days. Legal troubles have not been far behind. In 2011, he was charged with third-degree patronization after allegedly paying an underage girl $300 to have sex with him in New York.
Taylor, who was represented by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, plead guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute. He received six years’ probation and had to register as a sex offender.
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