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Lawrence Taylor’s Somewhat Messy Fox News Interview Following Prostitution Arrest: “I Don’t Card Them”

Just hours after being sentenced to six years probation for patronizing a prostitute and sexual misconduct, football legend Lawrence Taylor gave his first interview on FOX News with Shep Smith. During the (at times odd) back-and-forth, Taylor seemed to, at least in part, blame his predicament on the prostitution system in America.

He also seemed somewhat surprised by the media firestorm that ensued after his arrest last year.

“I thought this thing would be over in a week,” said Taylor.

Taylor was originally charged with felony statutory rape, because he met a 16-year-old girl in an upstate New York Holiday Inn on May 6th, 2010, and paid her for sex. The girl’s attorney, Gloria Allred, alleges that the girl was beaten by a pimp into meeting with Taylor.

Taylor, for his part, said he “doesn’t card them,” in reference to charges that he should have known the girl’s age.

At the conclusion of the interview, Smith informed Taylor of an online poll that asked users which of the following characterized Taylor. Among the choices: the greatest football player of all time, a Dancing with the Stars contestant, or a joke. He then asked Taylor which of these portrayals best describes him.

“[I'm] whatever you want [me] to be,” he answered. Watch video of the interview here, courtesy of FOX News.

  • Anonymous

    LT, get a new lawyer.
    If he “exposed” you on Fox, he did you a disservice.
    Maintain a low profile and let this fade away.

  • sportsfan

    he is disgusting. i appreciate his honesty rather than hiding behind pr statements, however his beliefs are extremely troubling.

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  • Rando4444

    Not making excuses for anyone’s behavior, but just look at all the images on just this page. When I was here I counted 3 very sexually suggestive images with the following taglines: 1) Ines Sainz Offered “Big Sum” To Pose Nude In Playboy 2) Top 10 Craziest Moments in Body Image, 2010 & 3) Larissa Riquelme Continues Heroic Streak Of NSFW Photo Shoots; And one faceshot of a very cute girl with tagline – “Fox News Radio Interviews SportsGrid Guest Blogger About Sleeping With Athletes.”

    It really seems like we have to decide: Are we are going to be a nation of sexually modest people who protect our women (young and old) and treat them with respect and dignity in all forums and media. Or a nation of people who objectify women and pay them for sex in a variety of ways (prostitution, pornography, strip clubs, clothing/swimsuit/underwear print & web ads, TV Commercials, workplace harassment etc.) Do we want to be a nation that is truly shocked, angry and dismayed when Joe Celebrity’s or Bill Politician’s indecent acts become public? Or one that is shocked only that they were caught and think they should really have been more careful. Further, a populaition that then decides, if I favor said celebrity or politician or person, to minimize or excuse the actions, and if I dislike the man to castigate and demand that they pay dearly.

    America, let’s just decide and move on. I for one am tired of living in a world of double standards and idiocy.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t don’t understand why he did the interview in the first place. He couldn’t have looked more guilty if he tried: http://morningquickie.com/2011/03/23/lawrence-taylor-underage-prostitution-charges-defence-interview-everybody-does-it/

    He totally blew those soft-ball questions and dug himself into a bigger hole. Why didn’t someone stop him?

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