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Lawrence Taylor Delayed in Returning to South Carolina

August 23, 1996

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) _ Personal problems delayed former All-Pro linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s return to South Carolina, where he was scheduled to talk to high school students about the dangers of using drugs, his lawyer said Thursday.

Taylor arrived late Thursday and the school program was set back to at least Friday.

Taylor was to make the speech as part of a pretrial program to clear his record of a charge of trying to buy crack cocaine. The former New York Giants star was arrested along with 18 others in an undercover drug operation on May 3.

``Who else better to address it than somebody whose been there? I’ve listened to some of these drug counselors and I think, how the hell can he say?″ Taylor told The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News. ``How can somebody whose never done it, never been there, tell me what it’s all about.″

Taylor and his lawyer, Tommy Brittain, refused to discuss the nature of the problems he said kept Taylor in New York.

``There is plenty of time for Lawrence Taylor to accomplish everything he wants to accomplish with the students here in Myrtle Beach,″ Brittain said.

He said Taylor would likely return to the state twice more in the next six months as part of the pretrial program.

Taylor must perform 60 hours of community service in South Carolina and his home state of New Jersey. Brittain said the community service in New Jersey also would involve speaking to young people about the dangers of drugs.

Taylor, who led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles and played in 10 pro bowls, must also receive drug counseling and undergo random drug testing.

He is expected to meet with pretrial intervention officials Friday.

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