From Hall of Fame to Hall of Shame – Lawrence Taylor to Register as a Level 1 Sex Offender.

On April 12, 1981, Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was drafted with the second pick by the New York Football Giants.  On April 12, 2011, Lawrence Taylor was given a Level 1 sex offender status by a Rockland County Judge.

Taylor’s status as a Level 1 sex offender is a result of a guilty plea to sexual misconduct and soliciting a prostitute in the third degree.  His guilty plea stems from an arrest after a 16-year-old girl said she had been beaten and forced to go to Taylor’s hotel room where they had sex.  Taylor avoided jail time but was sentenced to six years of probation, with part of his probation being registering as a sex offender.  As a Level 1 offender, his picture will not appear on the online database and his name will not appear on an online sex offender registry.

There are three levels of sex offenders:  Level 1 offenders are characterized as being a low risk to the public, Level 2 are medium risk and Level 3 are high risk.  Level 2 and 3 names are made available to the public and authorities can alert “vulnerable populations” that an offender is living in their neighborhood.  Additionally, Level 1 offenders must register for 20 years, while Levels 2 and 3 must register for life.

According to Taylor, being a Level 1 offender makes a huge difference when it comes to sponsorship opportunities in the future.

Taylor will be a “Headline Guest” at charity golf tournament on June 20, 2011.  You guessed it; proceeds from the event will be used to benefit disabled children.

Wow, what a difference thirty years makes.

Former NFL Star Claims Memory Loss as a Result of Concussions Sustained During Playing Days.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw states he is feeling the effects of numerous concussions he sustained during his NFL career.  Bradshaw, now 62 years old, claims the he has short-term memory loss and problems with his hand-eye coordination. “If you play in the NFL and start for 10 years, it’s not good. It is not good.” Bradshaw said.

The former NFL star and current television analyst sustained six concussions during his professional career.  He was the first player selected in the 1970 NFL draft and led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships and four Super Bowls.

Build a Mediation Room – And They Will Come.

At a hearing on April 6, 2011, regarding the former NFL Players’ injunction request, U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson urged both sides to get “back to the table” and said negotiations should take place at “not the players’ table, not the league’s table, but a neutral table.”

And so they shall.

Attorneys for the former NFL Players’ Association will meet with U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan today, while the NFL’s attorneys are to meet with Boylan tomorrow before the sides begin mediation as ordered by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson.  Additionally, Judge Nelson ordered both sides to keep the mediation confidential and that participation in the mediation “and any communications conveyed between the parties in this process, shall not be admitted or used against any party in any other proceeding or forum, for any purpose.”

Judge Nelson’s ruling addresses the players’ concern that talks held after the dissolution of the union could be construed as collective bargaining and therefore enhance the NFL’s claim that the decertification was a “sham”.

Judge Nelson also combined the lawsuits involving current and former players since neither side objected to combining the cases.

The court ordered mediation will not have the effect of a stay on this litigation, since Judge Nelson previously stated that she would rule “in due course.”

UCONN Guard Kemba Walker to Play in the NBA.

Kemba Walker has declared himself eligible for the upcoming NBA draft.  UCONN won its third national championship with Walker at the helm and he is projected as a first-round NBA draft pick.  But with a possible NBA lockout occurring this summer, is declaring for the draft a wise move on behalf of Walker?  Sources say that Head Basketball Coach Jim Calhoun advised Walker to forgo his senior season.

Walker accounted for 45% of UCONN’s team points as he averaged nearly 24 points per game in leading UCONN to a National Championship, including an 11-0 run through the Big East and NCAA Tournament.