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May 7th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Former NFL star's personal troubles

(CNN) – Pro football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has had a troubled past that in many ways overshadowed his success on the field. Now, he's charged with third degree rape for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old prostitute.

Max Kellerman from HBO Sports and Pablo Torre from Sports Illustrated joined us on Friday's American Morning to discuss the sports star's personal troubles.

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  1. bill gates

    sean – what are you talking about? he didn't rape anyone, it's a trumped up charge meant to drag his name through the mud. She was a prostitute, and I'm sure told him she was older than she really was. He should get a ticket for being a John and nothing more – it's the pimp who's the real criminal and problem with society here. LT needs help, that's all.

    May 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  2. Brian Owens

    Mr Mc Isaacs you are incorrect in your belief that the Hall of Fame status should be taken away from Mr. Taylor if he is convicted. You fail to recognize that the status is for his performance on the field and nothing less. The Hall of Fame is not a Moral Hall of Fame. It only recognizes performance on the field. It does not care if he raped, murdered or beat someone. Now you may reference Pete Rose and say hes not in the hall of fame. This would be a false assumption because he is not in there due to the terms of his lifetime ban from baseball. If this ban were not in place he would be enshrined with the rest of the greats of the game. Notice I said game there and not life?

    May 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  3. Sean Stafford Mc Isaacs

    I strongly believed that if Lawrence Taylor is convicted of rape that his Hall of Fall status should be taken away from him. A prison term by itself will not bring enough justice to this horrible crime. Since these high caliber atheletes are suppose to be an ideal example towards the fans and their teammates, any sex crime in this nature should result in having to take away any sporting awards like MVP, olympic gold medals, and any hall of fame status. Even titles like the most home runs, hockey goals, or the highest scoring title should be taken away and given to the runner-up who didn't commit the offense. We need to make a statement to these atheletes that what you do during your personal life can have an affect on everyone else.

    May 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  4. slider

    You spend so much time on this and almost nothing on the flooding problems in Tenn. If the flooding had happened in Detroit or Cleveland or somewhere like that it would be 24 hour reporting like the Hati reporting was. All we would hear about then would be the flooding.

    May 9, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    It looks entirely like the 'fix' is on in regards to bribes and attorney fees to get out from some very serious charges and allegations against LT.

    Although US Justice threw the book at Mike Tyson for a lesser charge, it is highly likely LT will not even serve any prison time. Yet another shining example of how blind US Justice can be when it is bribed, bought and sold to the highest bidder.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm |
  6. Kevin

    Mr. Taylor was attempting to engage in what he assumed was consensual sex in exchange for money. However, it appears that he engaged in semi-consensual sex with an underage girl. The man who is the so called 'pimp,' a stigmatizing term with racist undertones, needs to be brought to justice if there is evidence that he has forced this girl into sex work, which is the likely situation given her young age.

    This is a nice scapegoat that people can use to skirt the issue of prostitution and turn it into some silly celebrity sex scandal fit for the tabloids. The main stream media should embrace this situation to confront the true issue of how the illegality if prostitution only serves to put everyone involved in more inherently dangerous situations. Rather than use the opportunity to help society address a major issue in a public forum, they have only chosen to exploit the stars of their soap opera.

    May 8, 2010 at 1:00 am |