Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Real Story Behind The Lawrence Taylor Story

Lawrence Taylor, an ex-football-player, is in the news today:

NFL hall of famer Lawrence Taylor has been arrested and charged with raping a 16-year-old girl brought to his upstate New York hotel room by a pimp, authorities said this afternoon.
The NFL hall of famer is being investigated for the alleged rape of a teen girl.

Taylor, 51, is charged with statutory rape and soliciting a minor prostitute, both of which he denies. The rape charge carries a 4-year maximum prison term and the prostitution charge could add an additional year.

That's the superficial story and it is not good. But the worse story is this:

The alleged victim, a 16-year-old runaway from the Bronx, N.Y., living as a prostitute, was allegedly brought to Taylor's room at the Holidome Hotel in Montebello, N.Y., by a man police identified as Rasheed Davis, 36, who has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

The girl is believed to have sustained injuries to her face prior to sex with Taylor, Ramapo Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence told reporters.


Davis "struck the young girl with his fist, kicked her and brought her to the Holiday Inn against her will," NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the Associated Press.

The girl ran away when she was 15 years old and had been reported missing to NYPD in March. She recently turned 16, St. Lawrence said.

The three hundred dollars she earned went directly to Rasheed Davis.

To me that's the real story, one about a child out on the streets and what a violent pimp did to her. It's not even clear if she was a prostitute in the sense the term is used here, given that Davis used violence to force her to service Taylor.