NBC rolled out a new TV spot promoting the upcoming Thanksgiving day game between the Giants and the Redskins.
— Carol Maloney (@carolmaloney4) November 20, 2017
The promo features former Red Skins quarterback Joe Theismann and legendary Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor.
Theismann’s career famously ended in 1985 when Taylor gave him a devastating tackle that broke his leg. The tackle is considered one of the most memorable moments in NFL history. The Washington Times even called it “The Hit That No One Who Saw It Can Ever Forget.”
Hence Taylor jokingly offers Theismann a turkey leg in the TV spot.
But what the commercial doesn’t note is the reality of Taylor’s disturbing past run-ins with the law, which most notably include a 2010 arrest for the solicitation and rape of a 16-year-old girl.
The girl was brought to Taylor’s hotel room against her will, where the football player sexually assaulted her while an accomplice punched and kicked her, ESPN reported.
Taylor admitted to having sex with the girl, but accepted a plea deal to the lesser charge of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute. He was ultimately given six years of probation and forced to register as a Level 1 sex offender.
In addition to the rape, the Pro Football Hall of Famer has been arrested for driving under the influence (during which he crashed into a parked police car), buying crack (twice), failing to pay child support, and leaving the scene of an accident.
To top it all off, Taylor has plead guilty to tax fraud.
With that kind of history, it’s surprising that NBC recruited him for their promotional video, especially given the current political atmosphere.
When influential men in entertainment and politics are being accused of sexual abuse one after another, the use of Lawrence Taylor as a representation of the NFL is an odd and stupid choice.