Lawrence Taylor defends himself in court.
The former Giants star pleaded not guilty in Broward County, Fla., to failing to register as a sex offender, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The 63-year-old was arrested in December after police said he had been living in a hotel for over six months without notifying them of the move. Taylor had been ordered to notify authorities of any change of address as part of an agreement that followed allegations that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl in 2011. He said she claimed to be 19 years old.
Taylor’s attorney Mark Eiglarsh on Wednesday lobbied for the charges to be dropped, attributing the change of address issue to a mix-up and saying it was less than a football field from Taylor’s home.
“He registered,” Eiglarsh said. “He just put in an address that he thought was right. This is the house he has lived in for years. But he spent some time 50 meters away at a hotel near his home because of his marital problems.
“He took her directions and still believed his address was the house he lived in for years and he still lived in the pool house from time to time. So he mixed up his time there. So did he break the law? I do not think so.”
Taylor is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in NFL history. He won two Super Bowls with the Giants.
He also had well-documented struggles with the law and substance abuse. The former linebacker failed multiple cocaine tests as a player and was arrested multiple times for drug offenses. He was also arrested for DUI in 2016.
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