Thursday, November 12, 2009



Last time we saw former New York Giant Lawrence Taylor he was on the sidelines in Chapel Hill cheering on his alma mater during the North Carolina v. Florida State Thursday night football game. Back in Florida, Taylor, who appeared in season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, was arrested on Sunday, for a hit and run accident. Taylor, 50, fled and was later arrested.

Jail records from Miami-Dade County reveal that the 50-year-old retired NFL star was arrested around 10 p.m. on Sunday for "leaving the scene of an accident/property damage." Taylor was charged with leaving the scene of a crash. He was also cited for careless driving.

Sunday night, Taylor was booked at a local police station in the Miami area and charged with a second-degree misdemeanor. He was later released on $500 bond.

According to police records, the crash happened about 6:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes of the Palmetto Expressway at Northwest 103rd Street. The crash tore off the front right tire on Taylor's 2009 Cadillac Escalade, and he drove about two miles on the axle before pulling off the road.

Being arrested is not something new to Lawrence Taylor. His many years drinking and having a drug abuse problem got Taylor into plenty of trouble, both with the NFL and the law. When Taylor was once asked what he could do that no outside linebacker could, his answer was, "Drink".

However, alcohol was not his biggest substance abuse problem. After admitting to and testing positive for cocaine in 1987, he was suspended from football for 30 days in 1988 after failing a second drug test.

After his second positive test he gave up drugs for five years, but after his retirement he began abusing drugs on a regular basis. He went through drug rehab twice in 1995, only to later be arrested twice over a three-year span for attempting to buy cocaine from undercover cops.

Taylor has cleaned up his life and lived a healthy, clean lifestyle since 1998. He is currently married to his third wife and has credits his love of golf for helping him get past his previous hard-partying ways and drug filled lifestyle. Which, of course, is contrary to how golf affects most people…

Taylor reportedly told investigators on Sunday night that he thought he had hit a guard rail. A sobriety test was not performed and, according to the Orlando Sentinel, Taylor was allegedly not intoxicated (contrary to photographic evidence that suggests he was either drunk, stoned to the bejeezus or just up very late the night before.)

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