When I covered the New York Giants as a beat man for
What a sad coincidence, then, that Taylor, 51, is in very hot water today for sexual assault, which, of course, is what sent Tyson up the river. The news of Taylor's arrest on rape charges in New York is as sordid as it gets -- authorities in Ramapo
I have so many memories from those four years covering Taylor, both on and off the field. I remember
A complicated picture of the man emerges, obviously. But it's a picture that, to me, is too much like the picture of
I don't think Taylor had to say that very much. He was such a man of intrigue and mystery, and so beloved by Giants fans for delivering the franchise's first Super Bowl win, that I think the red carpet was always rolled out for him. A life of entitlement, even in retirement, was probably something he came to expect. And who knows what led to what at a hotel in a small town in New York. But the first thing I thought of was the life of entitlement, the do-you-know-who-I-am ethos that has gotten so many athletes in trouble over the years.
If this story proves true, I hope those athletes with an overflowing sense of entitlement -- and they know who they are -- would heed this one and the Roethlisberger incident as a clarion call to think twice and be more stringent about how they live their lives. I hope it happens, but I've been doing this job for 30 years, and I'm not confident it will.