Giants Great Lawrence Taylor: ‘I Had No Discipline’

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Giants great Lawrence Taylor says football always came easy for him.

But life? That’s been difficult for the Hall of Famer to manage.

In an interview with Showtime’s “Inside the NFL,” which aired Wednesday night, the former linebacker said he has struggled with self-discipline.

“Nowadays, you guys are on 24-hours-a-day so everything that happens is actually exploited a little bit more or is blown up a little bit more and more people know about it,” Taylor said. “So now you have to really discipline yourself. For years, I had no discipline. I could do what I wanted to do as far as playing in New York.”

(Programming note: LT will join WFAN’s Mike Francesa at 4 p.m. Thursday. Listen live here.)

Taylor was sentenced in March to six years’ probation under a deal to plead guilty to sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute. In November, he was sued by the teenage girl he admitted having sex with in the case that led to his guilty plea to misdemeanor charges earlier this year.

Taylor said when he pleaded guilty that the girl told him she was 19. His attorney said Taylor “did not intend to patronize a prostitute who was under legal age.”

Showtime’s Cris Collinsworth asked Taylor, “What makes you think you’ve changed?”

“I never told you I was different,” Taylor responded. “I never told you that. I never said I was different. I realized that times have changed and there are consequences for every action. No matter if you think it’s innocent, there are consequences for every action.”

“But that wasn’t innocent,” said Collinsworth. “This was an underage girl. That’s pretty serious.”

“This is an underage girl, but all I could do is ask the question, ‘How old are you?’” said Taylor. “That’s all I could do. That’s all I could do is ask the question. Now whether the girl was underage, yes, OK, she turned out to be underage. I’m sitting in the doggone police station wondering, ‘What time I’m going to be let out here so I can go play golf?’ I didn’t realize how serious it was until we sat down for an interview.”

The girl, who was 16 when the crime occurred in May 2010, filed suit in federal court in New York. She is seeking compensatory and punitive damages to be determined at trial. She made a statement outside his sentencing hearing in March saying he deserved jail time.

“Regardless, if I asked her the question, I’m still responsible for that,” Taylor said. “And all I can do is just say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to learn from your experiences.’ That’s one thing I’ve done. I’ve taken the long road on a lot of different things. I’ve taken the long road, you know like when I had my drug problem.”

Taylor, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999 and competed in ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” last year, had a highly publicized struggle with drug addiction and has had multiple legal run-ins since retiring from football.

“Because as easy as football is to me … is as hard as life is to me,” Taylor said. “I’m just hopeful that life will come easier.”

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  • Brad

    I love all the blind Giant love for this dirtbag. He may have been the greatest NFL player ever, but he is far from that as a human. (drugs, booze, hookers, etc)

  • robin giordano

    what’s the problem??? I guess only bill clinton getting bj’s in the oval office and all the other politicians getting screwed and weiner w/cyber porn and little kids and nfl players who committed murder…WE Turn our head for them but LT the only with sincere remorse gets hammered!!! WHY aren’t all the other PIGS in politics getting hammered….LT you were tricked about this ho’s age and they are treating you like you are lower than all the PIGS in politics…YOu are better than them all…especially Clinton and Weiner!

    • J Schmitt

      Right on, Robin.

  • Jimmy

    This girl entrapped him lying about her age and he has to suffer for it? How is that fair? What kind of society do we live in? I try to sell sex, I lie about my age, and as a result YOU go to jail, and I get to sue you for more money. Meanwhile society sees me as the victim and LT, the one who is being taken advantage of, as a bad person. This makes me sick.

    • J Schmitt

      Totally Agree.

      • J Schmitt

        I meant to say, I totaly agree with Jimmy’s comment. LT was duped and now that dirt bag is capitalizing on the situation by making a quick buck by suing him. Entrapment on steroids.

    • matt

      calm down when you say that LT was taken advantage of. yes, she lied about her age, but sex with a prostitue is still illegal in this country. for him to say he didn’t know what he was in the police station, wondering when he was going to get out was pretty dumb on his part.

      • Jimmy

        This is what I mean… society has totally brain washed men into thinking that women are always the victim when in fact it’s closer to 50/50. This is clearly one of those cases where the girl was NOT the victim.
        Yes, sex with a prostitute is illegal in this country, but why are we focusing so much on that and not on the fact that BEING a prostitute is just as illegal? Why aren’t we focusing on the fact that BEING an underage prostitute was “pretty dumb” on her part? I’m not saying LT is a great person, in fact I’m a Jets fan. But I’m also a fan of fairness.
        What has the media and society done? The undertone of this discussion as always with men in America is: the female is obviously a victim.
        In this case it’s coupled with a little bit of:
        Older men with young women is “creepy” and dirty -> Sex with a 16 year old girl is “Statutory rape”-> “Statutory rape” has the word “rape” in it therefore it is rape -> LT raped a helpless young girl.
        If you want to say he’s immoral and broke the law, then fine – I’m with you. But she did the exact same thing he did. I want to see her held to the same standard. We talk about equal rights and we are always so proud of our country for treating women equally. So let’s see it. Prove that women are equal. Let’s spend at least a little bit of time talking about how “immoral” she was, and how she broke the law, and how she should go to jail and face the consequences of her actions.
        Is that the case though? NO. That girl just won the lottery! She broke the law as LT did. In one case, it’s public scrutiny, punishment by the legal system, humiliation, etc… In the other, she could potentially become rich and maybe even set for life if she plays her cards right and plays up the so called “rape” aspect of it. She doesn’t have to say rape, she just has to subtly imply the association with her being 16 to the word “statutory rape”.

  • Tommy C

    Hopefully LT gets his life in order.He’s never hurt anyone but himself . As for the SO CALLED victim ., she’s a HO trying to get a pay day. Her and her man-hating publicity seeking SKANK of a lawyer Gloria Allred should just go away. Your yesterday’s news ……………..SKANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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