I am not a fan of former NFL superstar Lawrence Taylor I didn't like him when he was playing football and I am not crazy about him now. When LT was on "60 Minutes" a few Sundays ago, I looked at him with even more disgust than I did when he was playing. He talked about his drug use, sexual habits and other crap he did outside of the sports arena.
What was even worse was his excerpt from his new book that was featured in ESPN the Magazine a few weeks ago. It gave even more detailed information about his stupid and nasty habits.
When Taylor was on "60 Minutes" recently, he said he spent $1,000 a day on cocaine. Actually, he probably spent more, but I'm sure he didn't want to look like a total bonehead on national television. In his book excerpt, he said he would get so high and/or drunk that he would stand on barstools, chew glass and go to strip clubs and slide down the strip poles.
One of his teammates said Taylor was so drunk off tequila before a game that coaches had to tape him up and put his uniform on right before the game was slated to start. The talented chump ended up with four sacks in that particular game.
He would use urine from the bottles of his clean teammates from the New York Giants to pass his drug test and his sexual escapades were legendary among teammates.
But I guess the thing that bothers me the most is the $1,000 a day cocaine and crack habit. There are so many things these jive athletes can do for people for $1,000 per day.
When I was home for Thanksgiving, I saw a special on ESPN about young Samoan athletes. The high school athletes in Samoa love football it's the main sport they play there. They follow the NFL all the time and yearn to be like their countrymen Junior Seau and Jesse Sapolu, Samoans who starred for NFL teams.
The problem for these Samoan high school athletes is the lack of equipment they have to practice with every day. Many of the players practice with no cleats on, without pads or with hand-me-downs cleats from their older brothers who played. Now if I were a famous and wealthy athlete like Taylor, those Samoan athletes would have brand new equipment right now. I'd get on the phone and do whatever I could to get those players the equipment they need. But maybe that's just me.
Also, I'm sure Taylor had a younger first cousin or family member who was trying to make it through college or something. Why not use that $1,000 a day to pay his or her tuition and also give him or her pocket money? That's what I would do if I were in Taylor's shoes. But that's just me.
Instead of drugs, I'd spend my $1,000 per day on helping certain colleges and universities stay afloat. It's a shame that Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby can give money to Spelman College (which already has money), but no one is there to help neighboring Morris Brown College and Clark Atlanta University stay afloat financially. Even though I didn't attend either Clark Atlanta or Morris Brown, if I had a famous athlete's money, those schools would be set. But as I said earlier, maybe that's just me.
Jeffery Armstrong is a sports writer for the Daily and his column appears on Thursdays. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.