Friday, May 7, 2010

Former Football And LaCross Players Dominate Legal News Instead Of The Playing Field


Former football players in the news. No not O.J. Simpson. He is serving his sentence for his part in an alleged robbery. O.J. SIMPSON Link. This time it is O.J. McDuffie and L.T. Lawrence Taylor. McDuffie in the civil arena and L.T. in the criminal arena.

O.J. McDuffie retired prematurely from football after injuring his big toe in 1999. After a civil suit for bad medical advice, he is now $11.5 million richer. (His verdict was for 10 million dollars in lost income and 1.5 million dollars in mental anguish against a former team doctor.) McDuffies obtained a judgment for malpractice against former Miami Dolphin team physician John Uribe. The Miami-Dade County jury ruled that Dr. Uribe improperly handled the player's injury. McDuffie injured his big toe in the 10th game of the 1999 season. He played in only two of the remaining six regular-season games, then played in both playoff games. Dr. Uribe allegedly told McDuffie that he could continue to play even though his MRI showed tendon damage.

McDuffie was on the Dolphin's roster in 2000 and 2001 but saw little or no playing time. He was cut before the 2002 season with three years left on his contract. (Ironically, McDuffie had a nine-year NFL career which is longer than average; yet, he was still awarded 10 million dollars in lost revenue.) Attorney Stuart Ratzan and Herman Russomanno represented the plaintiff. An appeal of the verdict is likely. (In addition, a few other suits related to the injury were settled against other doctors and at least two hospitals.)

Lawrence Taylor was a great linebacker for the New York Giants and a wonderful dancer on Dancing with the Stars. But is this Hall of Famer also a sex offender? His lawyer says he is not. Yet, Taylor was recently accused of allegedly having sexual contact with a 16 year old girl in a New York City suburban hotel in Montebello. Taylor, 51, is remaining silent. But his lawyer has publicly denied all allegations despite the discovery of a condom in Taylor's hotel room.

Taylor is apparently no saint. He has had substance abuse problems and plead guilty to possessing articles and equipment for drug use in New Jersey in 2001. (A butane torch and other materials used for smoking crack had been discovered in September 1998.) In 1996 and 1997 Taylor faced drug charges in South Carolina and Florida. (In May 1996 for trying to buy crack and then again in 1998) Also in 1998, he was arrested for owing his ex-wife child support for their three kids. Taylor later declared bankruptcy because of ongoing financial problems. In November of 2009, Taylor's Escalade lost its front right tire in a crash. LT drove 2 miles on the axle, and was charged with leaving the scene. nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2010/05/07/2010-05-07_coke_crack_booze_women_and_jail.html#ixzz0nFYfPfJr.

In 2000 Taylor was apparently sentenced to five years of probation for filing false income statements and tax evasion. The recent incident finds Taylor being accused of having forced sex with a 16-year-old runaway. The girl was allegedly forced into prostitution by a man who had beaten her up. Taylor allegedly paid the girl $300 for sex in a Holiday Inn. The girl apparently texted her uncle for help which resulted in Taylor's arrest. Taylor was cooperative with police but denies all charges of third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute. Taylor is released on $75,000 bail. He is represented by Arthur Aidala who professes Taylor's innocence. Taylor claims he was set up. Taylor's wife has come out publicly in her husband's defense. Taylor, may just be guilty of bad judgment. But like all suspects, Lawrence Taylor is to be presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law. (5-17-10: Lawrence Taylor's attorney says a woman that was waiting in the car said that the 16 year old girl said that she was paid $300 and did not even have to have sex with Taylor. This testimony may legally exonerate Taylor.)
Update 5-12-10: Some say athletes are just out of control. Their erroneous belief that they are entitled to special privileges may make them think they are above the law. 22-year-old suspect George Huguely, simply makes me sick. He is charged with murder of Yeardley Love, a UVa. student and lacrosse player, whose beaten body was found May 3 in a pool of blood. Apparently, Huguely was arrested in 2008 on a charge of resisting arrest and public intoxication after he had allegedly threatened to kill the arresting officer. (The arresting office claims she had to use a taser on Hugely at the time of the 2008 arrest.)
Huguely was in a relationship with Love that recently ended. His lawyer, Francis Lawrence, contends that Love's death was an accident. However, The Associated Press reported that Love allegedly died in an altercation with Huguely. Love's face was bruised and her right eye was swollen. Police are investigating whether the couple had been involved in other altercations. Huguely is presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law. Nevertheless, Huguely's name may appear on the growing list of Tiger Woods, Lawrence Taylor, Ben Roethlisberger, and other athletes that are getting a lot of bad press because of their lack of good judgment.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awful news about Taylor if true.

Anonymous said...

11.5 million seems a bit much for a toe! I want that dude's lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Allegations against L.T. may be a pure set up!

Anonymous said...

Totally different cases. One former player made a mint and the other apparently made a teen.

Anonymous said...

making a teen is just plain wrong....

Anonymous said...

L.T. was SET UP!

Anonymous said...

L.T. may have been set up, but now O.J. McDuffie is SET for life!

Legal Pub said...

Update 5-12-10: Some say athletes are just out of control. Their erroneous belief that they are entitled to special privileges may make them think they are above the law. 22-year-old suspect George Huguely, simply makes me sick. He is charged with murder of Yeardley Love, a UVa. student and lacrosse player, whose beaten body was found May 3 in a pool of blood. Apparently, Huguely was arrested in 2008 on a charge of resisting arrest and public intoxication after he had allegedly threatened to kill the arresting officer. (The arresting office claims she had to use a taser on Hugely at the time of the 2008 arrest.)
Huguely was in a relationship with Love that recently ended. His lawyer, Francis Lawrence, contends that Love's death was an accident. However, The Associated Press reported that Love allegedly died in an altercation with Huguely. Love's face was bruised and her right eye was swollen. Police are investigating whether the couple had been involved in other altercations. Huguely is presumed innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law. Nevertheless, Huguely's name may appear on the growing list of Tiger Woods, Lawrence Taylor, Ben Roethlisberger, and other athletes that are getting a lot of bad press.

Anonymous said...

Love did not deserve such a fate.

Legal Pub said...

(5-17-10: Lawrence Taylor's attorney says a woman that was waiting in the car said that the 16 year old girl said that she was paid $300 and did not even have to have sex with Taylor. This testimony may legally exonerate Taylor.)

Legal Pub said...

Huguely has been charged with first degree murder.