Here's Why NFL Linebacker Lawrence Taylor Had His Wife Arrested for Domestic Violence

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 03:  Former New York Giants player Lawrence Taylor waves to the crowd prior to their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium on November 3, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Here's Why NFL Linebacker Lawrence Taylor Had His Wife Arrested for Domestic Violence

The full story behind the messy dispute.

Published June 4, 2016

NFL Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has been on the wrong side of the law several times in his life, but a recent incident involving the former NFL linebacker's wife has him claiming that he is the victim.

Taylor filed a domestic violence complaint against his wife Lynette Taylor with Florida's Broward County Sheriff's Office saying that Lynette hit him in the back of the head during a fight, causing a slight laceration. Lynette, 42, is denying the allegations, but was arrested anyway for domestic violence and resisting arrest. TMZ reports that Lynette told authorities of Lawrence's claims, "that's a lie. My husband is a 300 pound linebacker."

She was also handed a restraining order by a judge that requires her to stay 500 feet away from her husband at all times. The judge added that Lynette, who has since been released on $2,500 bail, can only contact her husband and children through a third party.

The two have been married since 2007 and have children together, though it is unclear how many.

Lynette has been arrested for similar crimes in the past: once in 2008, and the other two in 1991 and 2001. In all instances, charges were ultimately dropped.

Taylor himself has faced justice on multiple occasions, being arrested for drug-related crimes, as well as a prostitution scandal in 2010 where he was discovered having sex with a 16-year-old girl, resulting in the NFL great having to register as a low-level sex offender. 

Interestingly, Taylor was one person who came to defend now out of a job NFL player Greg Hardy when he was suspended by the NFL on domestic abuse charges.

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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