NutriSystem Sheds Hundreds Of Pounds In Form Of Lawrence Taylor

Celeb-friendly weight loss company Nutrisystem has sacked Hall of Fame NFL star Lawrence Taylor following allegations that the former New York Giant raped a teen girl earlier this week.

Says Nutrisystem:

We are shocked and saddened by these very serious allegations against Lawrence Taylor. Based on the severity of these allegations, Nutrisystem has made the decision to sever our relationship with Mr. Taylor effective immediately.

Taylor is one of several sports notables, including Dan Marino, coach Don Shula and ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman, who had been poster men for Nutrisystem ads targeted at male audiences.

He had also recently appeared on ABC’s hit Dancing With the Stars.

The 51-year-old “quarterback killer” was charged Thursday with rape and patronizing a prostitute. LT’s attorney has flatly denied the allegations.

Here’s one of LT’s TV spots for Nutrisystem that some YouTuber randomly decided to record and post:

Nutrisystem cuts ties with Taylor after rape charge [CNN]

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  1. fatediesel says:

    They are shocked that someone who has admitted to being a former drug addict, who was convicted of cheating on his taxes, has bragged that he used to send prostitutes to opposing players rooms, and was awaiting trial for leaving the scene of an accident would get in trouble?

    • Enduro says:

      I’ve read LT’s book (the second one with all the dirt) and he has done some crazy stuff by any standards, rock star, jock, Andy Dick… When I saw these spots I thought the same thing but I guess it’s a different age and celebrities are celebrated for their wild behavior as much as their accomplishments (if any).

      Thankfully, the one line you still can’t cross is victimizing a minor. Except in LA where there is apparently no rule of law for celebrities.

  2. Nick1693 says:

    Can companies wait until after the trial to drop spokespeople?

    Innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around.

    • blueneon says:

      I think the negative publicity is too much for them to be able to keep him as a paid spokesperson. I know *I* wouldn’t buy anything from a company that used a spokesperson that had been charged with rape of a minor child.

      • Nick1693 says:

        I understand that, but replace “charged” with convicted.

        It’s important to choose the person who best fits your company, it’s also important to remember that people are innocent until proven guilty.

        • blueneon says:

          Well, I guess we’ll agree to disagree on the charged vs convicted. Just being charged with THAT crime is enough for me to not want to do business with a company that continued to employ that person.

          On the innocent until proven guilty front, that is definitely true, but you also have to think that just having the accusation is enough to alter peoples opinion of the person, no matter how right or wrong it is. Also, even being declared not guilty sometimes still leaves a bitter taste in peoples mouths. (I and many others still think OJ did it)

          • pecan 3.14159265 says:

            It’s also important to note that you need enough evidence to bring about a charge – if there was nothing to substantiate the allegations, he wouldn’t have been charged. And sad to say, but the guy is not squeaky clean and his rap sheet is pretty long. This works against you when you’re trying to maintain innocence.

          • Firethorn says:

            I’m just the opposite actually. Remember the Duke Lacross Team allegations?

            Personally, I think it’s the sponsor/employer’s right to terminate employment over this, but I think keeping them(if suspended) is a sign of supporting justice. Fire them if they’re found guilty.

            On the other hand, I understand that the company likely has MORE information than I do, thus can make a more informed judgement – if there’s additional information that isn’t in doubt(like the rape, legally speaking) that would lead to firing, they can fire.

            Sure, the crime may be serious, but I don’t want to be handing any more power to the women who cry rape to harm men they don’t like.

            • mythago says:

              Right, because Mike Nifong was a vile excuse for a DA, all women everywhere who report rapes are lying hos. Issues much?

        • mythago says:

          You really need to learn what that phrase means.

    • Angus99 says:

      No, they don’t have to, and that’s the price of both fame and infamy. Their is no “right to continue sponsorship deals” in the constitution. The moment Mr. Athlete signs on as a corporate sponsor, they assume the consequences of their behavior, real and perceived. Corporations will lay off people that have worked for them for years at the first moment they identify a financial advantage to do so – you expect them to be willing to give their over the hill sports figureheads more consideration?

      This girl was savagely beaten and raped. He’s a suspect. Every time the commercial comes on the air, that’s what the consumer thinks about, not how great their weight loss scam may be.

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      The problem is that as a spokesperson your sole job is to make the company and brand look good. You can’t do that while being accused of rape, even if you’re innocent.

    • nbs2 says:

      That’s the law concerning the deprivation of liberty alright. But that has no bearing on contracts, especially sponsorship/spokesman contracts where the deal is structured around marketability.

    • fatediesel says:

      Innocent until proven guilty is the rule in a court of law, not a court of public opinion. You don’t even have to be charged with a crime for a company to drop you as a spokesperson. Tiger Woods lost most of his sponsors after his sex scandal, and Ben Roethlisberger got dropped by at least one of his sponsors. Virtually all endorsement contracts have a morals clause and companies can drop spokesmen for doing anything that could reflect negatively on the company.

    • Chaosium says:

      “Innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around.”

      Internet lawyers, gotta love ‘em.

      • Nick1693 says:

        I’m not a lawyer, but the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (which the USA signed) says “Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.”

        Article 11

  3. VvsK says:

    Most of these sports players seem to make poor relationship “choices.”

    If you ask me, they’re putting something in the gatorade.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Sad to say, a lot of it has to do with the culture that comes along with being young, famous, and newly flush with cash. Old “friends” start coming out of the woodwork because you have money, people start telling you how great you are, and eventually you think you’re invincible and that you can get away with anything. $1 million doesn’t buy good influences and sound judgment.

  4. dg says:

    If he did it – then drop him. Otherwise, it doesn’t pass the smell test. Is he all squeeky clean? Nope, he’s got issues just like a lot of egotistical sports figures – but so what. Nutrisystem isn’t that squeeky clean either – If you looked hard enough, you’d find someone at that company who was accused of something…

    The accusation doesn’t matter. Wait for the trial…

    • nbs2 says:

      Convicted or not, his reputation took a hit (at the very least he has shown bad judgment). Why should they keep someone who is no longer marketable?

  5. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    The 51-year-old “quarterback killer” was charged Thursday with rape and patronizing a prostitute.

    Oh Lord. In before the thread implodes under the weight of the inevitable deluge of BS.

    Chris, please tell me you have the Moderator a heads up.

  6. MongoAngryMongoSmash says:

    Joe Theismann sent him the prostitute. Some people never forget….

    Honestly, this story makes Ben Roethlisberger look like a 15 year old who got caught trying to steal second base at a high school dance.

  7. u1itn0w2day says:

    Nancy Grace smoked him last night. Watch out.

    I’m still wondering how he got on Dancing With The Stars. The guys an ex crackhead with a couple of criminal incidents to say the least. Combine stuff like crack and steroids yeh I would be a hall of famer too.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      yeah, anyone who does drugs can never get over it and choose the right path. Just ask President Obama. Oh wait…

      • Daemon Xar says:

        Or George W. Bush. Or Bill Clinton.

        But not Reagan or H.W. Bush. No one ever offered them any. Thus the war on drugs.

  8. Cantras says:

    Man, the paused picture on that youtube video is scary. makes me think of WoW’s “lost ones” (http://www.wowwiki.com/Ongeku for a good representative picture), with scary freakteeth.

    I don’t really have sympathy for losing the gig, since it seems he was a pretty shady character to begin with? Why not take note of that *before* hiring him, eh?

  9. Macgyver says:

    It sounds like this girl was a hooker(that’s why she has a pimp), LT paid her for services rendered.
    If he did have sex with her, how would he know if she was underage or not?

    It just sounds like this girl is just looking for a payday to get away from her pimp.

    • blueneon says:

      According to an article in The Washington Post, she refused to have sex with him. If a person refuses to have sex with someone and they force themselves on that person anyways, it is called rape.

      • JennQPublic says:

        Thank you for clarifying that. I had assumed the sex was consensual, and they were just using the word ‘rape’ because she’s underage.

        That’s exactly why I object to the word ‘rape’ being used in the context of willing, if illegal, sex. It dilutes the meaning of the word, and makes ‘rape’ seem less horrible.

      • pittpanther says:

        I’m not excusing his behavior! But he was charged with rape because of the sex with an underage girl, not because he forced himself on her with physical violence. I don’t think she was afraid of LT, nor was she threatened by LT with any physical harm, but she was afraid of the pimp.

        • blueneon says:

          Uhhh he was charged with rape because she said no to having sex with Taylor. I’m not understanding what part of that is confusing for you. From CNN – “He said Davis “struck the young girl with his fist, kicked her and brought her to the Holiday Inn against her will.”” The fact that she is a child only makes it more despicable.

    • Chaosium says:

      “If he did have sex with her, how would he know if she was underage or not?

      It just sounds like this girl is just looking for a payday to get away from her pimp.”

      Wow, I know people love to blame the victim even with rape, but sex workers get raped on an incredibly higher basis than the rest of the population. Your perspective is broken and classless.

    • littleAK says:

      Since prostitution is illegal, it doesn’t matter that he paid for services rendered (assuming that’s what happened). That’s illegal. I would think at least asking a sex partner’s age might be prudent, as underage sex is also illegal. Although since he was soliciting a prostitute, he probably didn’t care. That doesn’t make it any less of a crime. Regardless of her motivations, if he paid for services from an underage girl, he committed two crimes.

      Many prostitutes aren’t such because they really enjoy having sex for money. It’s not a victimless crime. In this girl’s case, she was beaten in the face before the encounter; some evidence that she was not cheerfully performing her job, but doing so with the aid of physical coercion. Shrugging and saying people cannot commit crimes against girls like these because of their current profession seems callous, minimally. In any case, the CNN article makes it sound as if her uncle reported the event to the police, not the girl. Not only was she not the one that reported it, she’s not even alleging that her injuries were caused by him. I’m not seeing an opportunity for a big pay day here.

    • NatalieErin says:

      Your understanding of statutory rape is poor. Even if the girl said yes to sex, she is legally incapable of consenting, thus sex with her is a crime. And statutory rape is a strict liability crime, meaning Taylor’s knowledge of the girl’s age is immaterial. If he had sex with her, he committed a crime regarldess of whether he knew how old she way.

    • Daemon Xar says:

      This is a criminal case, not a civil one. No civil damages. No payday. An investigation of a strict liability crime.

      To quote Jon Stewart, “Be an f’ing human,” dude.

  10. bigd738778 says:

    Why doesn’t society get off their high horse and just legalize prostitiution? The Government could regulate it and collect taxes from it and “maybe” you wouldn’t have 16 year olds working with a pimp. Prostitiution isn’t going anywhere and is legal in England, but I guess the main reason it wouldn’t work here in the states is that all the preachers wouldn’t want to increase the time they have to wait to use the service.

    • morehalcyondays says:

      It stands to reason that if you legalize it, you will get more of it. That’s not healthy and it’s not what our society needs.

      • pittpanther says:

        Is it possible to have more prostitution than we already have?
        – It’s available on the streets for those with little money
        – its available on the Internet for those with some money
        – its available word of mouth for those with gobs of money

        How could legalization make it any more available?

    • littleAK says:

      Why would there cease to be 16-year-old prostitutes if prostitution were legal? I assume being a prostitute or soliciting a prostitute at that age would still be illegal. The main causes of prostitution at that age, human trafficking, runaways, drugs, etc., would not be minimized because men could use the legal services of an older prostitute. Given that some men have an age preference and that the illegal prostitutes would be selling their wares more cheaply than their legal counterparts, I don’t see this reducing underage prostitution.

  11. COBBCITY says:

    Lawrence Taylor has been in trouble with the law several times and should have never been hired by Nutrasystem or been on DWTS.

  12. rpm773 says:

    The 51-year-old “quarterback killer” was charged Thursday with rape and patronizing a prostitutey

    Yet the anguished cries for justice of many dead quarterbacks continue to go unanswered.

  13. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Sounds like many people here and also at Nutri-system have forgotten about Tawana Brawley.

    • blueneon says:

      1 falsely reported crime (that gained national media attention) out of how many million rapes since then? Really? Come on.

    • GinaLouise says:

      Maybe you think that’s “edgy” to say, but it’s just callous. You don’t have to believe the girl’s story, but you can’t assume every rape claim is a publicity stunt.

  14. pittpanther says:

    The more I read, the more it seems that no actual sex may have happened…

    It appears that the pimp beat up the girl, and delivered her to LTs room, with the intent of having sex.
    LT says no sex happened. It’s quite possible that he saw the girl with bruises, and didn’t go thru with the act.
    The police were quite clear that LT is not charged with any physical violence against the girl.

    • Brunette Bookworm says:

      Yeah, I know. LT admits he’s used drugs and hired hookers in the past. He hired one again. Unfortunately she happened to be underage and being forced into prostitution by the pimp. Since she was underage it’s considered rape if he had sex with her. He says they didn’t, she says they did. Cops say they found used condoms there so I hoped DNA will show what happened. Honestly, the pimp is the worst person in this thing but since he’s not famous you aren’t hearing about him everywhere.

  15. u1itn0w2day says:

    I get nervous anytime an ex NFLer does a weight loss commercial simply because their culture or ex culture seem to tolerate things like steroids. In other words you dont know what they’re doing besides nutri-system or what ever diet. You really don’t know if their exercise routine even if non steroid enhanced might be the actual cause of their weight loss.

    Sidenote- Some pundits are now calling out The Biggest Looser in that you don’t know what they’re doing off show for huge and quick weight loss. It also can discourage a person without a trainer at a ranch training all day. In other words you really don’t know what’s causing the weight loss. I even agree with alot of the stuff they preach but are the contestants with prize money at stake practicing what they preach.

    So much for going ‘mainstream’ keeping you on the straight and narrow.

  16. sopmodm14 says:

    if you pay, isn’t it consensual at that point ?

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/05/07/lawrence.taylor.rape.case/index.html?hpt=T2

    i love the part that “My client did not have sex with anybody. Period,” said the lawyer, Arthur Aidala, adding: “Lawrence Taylor did not rape anybody.”

    and then ,

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/nfl/05/07/taylor.arrested.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

    Taylor told investigators that after “engaging in sex acts” with the victim

    lol

  17. mastershake407 says:

    So, did he actually “rape” the girl? Or did he just have consensual sex with a minor and their calling it rape simply because she is underage? Believe it or not, there is a huge difference.

  18. Xeos says:

    Repeat after me.

    Innocent. Until. Proven. Guilty.