Taylor In Court Today; Not Guilty Plea ExpectedFormer Giant LB Lawrence Taylor will be in front of a Rockland County judge today to enter his plea on the criminal charges levied against him stemming from a May 6th incident involving a minor.
Taylor is accused of third-degree rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, and patronizing a prostitute.
He is expected to plead not guilty to all charges.
"I am saying that he did not have sexual intercourse, as it's defined in the penal law, with this person," Taylor's attorney Arthur Aidala told ESPN.
Much of the case against Taylor is circumstantial. Since his arrest and arraignment, the prosecution has suffered some setbacks such as lack of physical evidence and inconsistent corroboration from the alleged victim.
Top Selections in Draft Remain UnsignedWith training camp just 18 days away, the Giants have yet to get signatures on contracts from their top two picks in April's NFL Draft: DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DT Linval Joseph. Neither will be able to report to camp on August 1st unless they are under contract.
The process is moving a bit slowly this season. None of the players drafted around them have signed yet, either. This is assumed to be what the Giants and the player's agents are waiting for.
More on Bob SheppardJackie Robinson once said "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” This is being proven true in the case of Bob Sheppard, the legendary Giants and Yankees PA announcer who passed away Sunday at the age of 99.
Many stories are surfacing from all ends of the spectrum. Here's a piece about Herb Steier, Sheppard's 83-year-old friend and driver.
Greg Prince, of Faith and Fear in Flushing offers an embarrassing moment involving Sheppard...
And finally from Don Amore of the Hartford Courant.....
As promised, here is some more Bob Sheppard. Some of my favorite Sheppard moments. Now, you have to close your eyes and imagine his voice, typical pauses, etc. ...
1. "We direct your attention to the area behind home plate ... wheah Ah-C-A recawding ah-tist .... MEATLOAF ... will sing.... our national anthem."
2. "Will the ownah of a blue chevrolet, license No. (such and such) .... please report to yaw cah .... it-tis on FIRAH."
3. (To fans throwing snowballs at Giants Stadium in 1995) "This must CEASE."
4. (Introducing Clarence Clemons at halftime of a Giants game): "Your attention please, Ladies and Gentlemen. ... First, there was the KING. ... Then, there was THE BOSS ... and now we have THE BIG MAN."
5. (In tribute to Pee Wee Reese in 1999:)
"When Jackie Robinson was being cruelly heckled by opposing players,'' Sheppard said, ``it was Reese who walked over and put his arm around Robinson's shoulder. And the insults stopped. I like to think, this morning in heaven, Jackie Robinson walked over and put his arm around Pee Wee Reese's shoulder.''