Lawrence Taylor

Yes, I am surprised. I admit it:


Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was arrested Thursday and reportedly charged with the third-degree rape of a 16-year-old girl in a suburban New York City hotel room, according to the Journal News. Another man is accused of bringing her there, police said. The former New York Giants linebacker was arrested early Thursday at a Holiday Inn in Suffern, said Christopher St. Lawrence, supervisor of the town of Ramapo. 

The victim was 16, one year below the legal age of consent in New York, St. Lawrence said. An attorney for Taylor, Kenneth Gribetz, said he expected Taylor to be arraigned later Thursday. "We're confident his innocence will be proven," he said. A second man was arrested in the case, New York City police said. Rasheed Davis, 36, was arrested on charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Police said Davis drove the girl, who had been staying with him in the Bronx for a few weeks, to the Holiday Inn and told her she had to have sex with Taylor. She said she refused, Taylor sexually assaulted her, then he paid her $300, which she gave to Davis, police said. 

On a slightly related note, I'm dying to get to the Rothlisberger feature in SI. I just haven't had time.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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