It’s a sad day in Big Blue Nation. Former great Lawrence Taylor will be given a sex offender designation for committing sexual
misconduct with a 16-year-old prostitute.
Taylor plead guilty to the crime in January, where he agreed to registering as a sex offender and six years probation in lieu of jail time. Taylor was offered the plea deal in exchange for his work in aiding officials in investigations into human trafficking. For his part, Taylor admits to hiring the girl, but maintains that she lied about her age and said she was 19.
Like most Giants fans, I am a huge fan of L.T. the player, but certainly recognize that his off-field activities have reallyhurt his image. It is always a sad day when a hero does not live up to the expectations that we as fans place upon them. This is especially true for me. I was very young when L.T. was at the height of his career, and some of my earliest memories are of his amazing plays, especially during Super Bowls XXI and XXV. It’s safe to say he is one of the main reasons I am a lifelong Giants fan.
But I am all grown up now, and I know that all of these guys may be heros on the field, but are only human off the field. L.T.’s problems outside of football have always been well publicized, but to his credit he has made a number of positive changes in his life. I hope that this is yet another lesson he can turn into a positive, or at the very least, teach him commen sense, something he was clearly lacking in that hotel room a year ago.