Sports Briefly: Ex-NFL player Lawrence Taylor pleads guilty to Florida DUI – goskagit.com
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor has pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge in Florida.
The Palm Beach Post reports that Taylor pleaded guilty Monday in Palm Beach County to DUI with injury or property damage. He was sentenced to one year of probation and a nine-month license suspension. He must also pay $1,500 and perform community service.
The Florida Highway Patrol says Taylor was arrested after crashing into a motor home and a patrol vehicle on Florida’s Turnpike in September 2016. Breath tests conducted five hours after the crash record blood alcohol levels of 0.082 and 0.084 percent. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08 percent.
Taylor played 13 seasons with the Giants, helping the team win Super Bowl titles in 1987 and 1991.
n A Green Bay fan is making a federal case out of a dispute with the Chicago Bears, filing a lawsuit accusing the rival team of violating his free-speech rights by prohibiting him from wearing Packers apparel at Bears’ pregame warmups.
Russell Beckman of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, filed the 10-page lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Friday seeking a court order lifting the ban.
An email Beckman sent to Bears executives that he included in his court filing last week accuses the team of creating “segregated safe spaces for Bears fans” by banishing Packers gear.
“Stop coddling them,” he wrote.
The filing includes a photograph of the lifelong Green Bay fan in a green-and-yellow Packers jersey and with his beard dyed green. Beckman lives just across the Illinois state line — an hour drive north of Chicago — and holds Bears season tickets, the lawsuit says.
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