Lawrence Taylor; Former Athlete, Current Idiot
I would imagine Lawrence Taylor is the most popular man in Ben Roethlisberger’s life right now.
It’s a big job considering Roethlisberger’s recent alleged sexual escapades, but someone looks worse than Big Ben right now. Lawrence Taylor has been charged with third-degree rape in an incident involving a 16-year-old girl.
The hall of fame football player was also charged with third-degree patronization since he allegedly paid the victim to have sex with him.
The allegation is that the girl, a runaway, was staying with a man named Rasheed Davis, who took her in a few weeks ago and began forcing her to have sex with others in exchange for money. On the morning of May sixth, 2010, after beating her up, Davis took her to Taylor’s hotel room to have sex with him, she refused, and was raped by Taylor who then paid her $300.
The allegations may prove to be true; they may prove to be false. What is undeniable in this is that Lawrence Taylor has once again demonstrated himself to be a complete idiot. I’ve never understood how anyone with millions of dollars in the bank and thousands of avenues of perfectly legal depravity open to him, ever finds it necessary to put himself in this kind of position.
To play devil’s advocate and assume for a moment that Taylor did not in fact rape the girl, it still leaves you wondering what on earth a 51 year old man is doing having sex with a 16 year old girl. At the bare minimum you would think he would be aware that there are hundreds of people in that situation who would happily make a false accusation in order to force a settlement out of him. I’m not suggesting that that is what has happened in this case, I’m just saying a man in his position should have some sense of self-preservation even if he lacks a sense of decency.
Right now it looks like Taylor has neither.
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