National Football League (NFL) Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, the linebacker who helped the New York Giants to win two Super Bowl titles, one in 1987 and one in 1991, was just arrested.
According to Fox News, the arrest resulted from Taylor recently failing to register as a sex offender.
Anybody who remembers Taylor’s playing days will know that he wasn’t exactly a moral role model as he faced multiple arrests for drug-related offenses throughout his career.
But, the incident that led to Taylor being labeled a sex offender dates back to 2011. Taylor had solicited a prostitute who turned out to be only 16 years of age.
Taylor, at the time, explained his side of the story, saying:
This was a working girl who came into my room. She told me she was 19. It is what it is. I don’t card them. I don’t ask them for a birth certificate.
But, whether Taylor is telling truth here is a bit beside the point, as a jury found him guilty of soliciting an underage prostitute and of sexual misconduct. He was sentenced to six years of probation, and now he has to live with the sex offender label.
It is well-known that sex offenders have to tell authorities when they change addresses. Taylor’s most recent arrest came from his failure to do just this.
Taylor was released upon posting bond, after only spending hours in custody. He is now facing two felony charges for failing to register as a sex offender.
But, according to Taylor’s attorney, the whole situation is just one big misunderstanding.
“Sadly, he is in the middle of a divorce and his local police department suggested it would be best if he slept at a nearby hotel,” Arthur Aidala explained. “Mr. Taylor was constantly a resident of the marital home where he was registered, but on advice of local law enforcement, he was sleeping outside the home.
Aidala also said that Lawrence has adhered to “all of the rules and regulations regarding his legal status for the past decade.”
“We are confident that this will be resolved favorably for Lawrence at the first court hearing,” he added.