Back in May, former Giants star Lawrence Taylor was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl, which gave way to a bizarre series of excuses and defenses, and left Taylor's reputation in shambles. But yesterday, as Taylor plead not guilty to the rape charge in a Rockland County court, he did his best to make hot dogs out of mystery meat, throwing a series of quippy one-liners at the court.
Taylor started the day soberly, staring down a reporter who asked for a comment: "No. Grow up." But once inside, he loosened up quickly; Taylor was surprised at the amount of reporters in court, and commented, "It must be a slow news day." Even as the charges were read against him, which include third-degree rape, patronizing a prostitute and endangering the welfare of a child, he turned aside to a friend and asked, "You're not playing golf today, are you?" When a court reporter wheeled a pile of case files into the room, Taylor pointed at the cart, grinned, and said to his wife sitting beside him, "I hope that's not all my case. Hell, I wasn't even in town that long."
Taylor was released on $75,000 bail, and is due back in court on August 24. After the arraignment, Taylor's lawyer Arthur Aidala said Taylor is "doing the best he can under the circumstances." His business manager, Mark Lepselter also weighed in on Taylor's current state of mind: "He has been very subdued for the past few months. Mentally, he is trying to get through it every day. I am worried about him."