NFL legend with NC ties arrested — again — in Florida
PALM BEACH, Fla. — Lawrence Taylor often had no trouble finding the quarterback during a 13-year NFL career that enshrined him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. But off the gridiron, he has found trouble of various sorts.
That pattern repeated itself Friday afternoon when Taylor was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida, and charged with driving under the influence, according to an arrest report from the Florida Highway Patrol.
The former New York Giants star was driving a 2010 Bentley on the Florida Turnpike south of Palm Beach Gardens when he allegedly struck the right side of a mobile home and also sideswiped a Florida Highway Patrol vehicle, troopers said.
Police say the former professional athlete was arrested after he performed poorly on three field sobriety exercises at the crash site. The damage to the trooper cruiser was minimal, Sgt. Mark Wysocky told CNN.
Taylor, who attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was brought to Wellington Regional Medical Center after complaining he was going to throw up, the highway patrol said. He was then taken to Palm Beach County jail, according to highway patrol.
The two-time Super Bowl champion’s checkered past includes:
• In 2011, he pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a teenaged girl and was sentenced to six years probation.
• He was suspended twice during his NFL career for substance abuse.
• He was arrested multiple times after retiring from football in 1993.
Taylor spoke openly of his struggles with cocaine addiction in his 2004 autobiography “LT: Over the Edge.”
Taylor was released on his own recognizance is ordered to appear in Palm Beach County Court on September 28, according to the sheriff’s office.
Mark Lepselter, with Maxx Sports Entertainment in New York and who represents Taylor, did not immediately return a CNN call and email requesting comment.