Last night— while members of the 2011 New York Giants were gleefully showing off their brand new Super Bowl XLVI rings at Tiffany & Co.— a royal member of the Giants' family was looking to unload his.
Lawrence Taylor, the former Hall of Fame linebacker, is auctioning off the Super Bowl XXV ring he won as a member of the 1990 Giants.
At least Taylor— who revolutionized the defensive position— still has the first Super Bowl XX ring he won in 1986 to remind him of better days.
There is something Shakespearean in the desperate and destructive path that the once princely Taylor has walked since retiring in 1994.
The ring is being auctioned off at SCP Auctions.com and, as of 10:20 this morning, the ring's highest bid, of 12, was at $37,892. The estimated value of the ring is $75,000-$100,000. The auction ends Saturday.
Taylor— arguably the greatest Giants player of all— retired after 13 seasons of glory but "L.T." has had nothing but a rash of legal problems follow him since then.
Drugs, tax and family issues have constantly been the cause of most of his legal troubles. His latest trouble came in 2010 after he was arrested for having sex with a 16-year old girl. He pled guilty to the misdemeanors of sexual misconduct and patronizing a prostitute and was sentenced to six years probation in March 2011. He is now a registered sex offender.
With a long history of financial problems, it's no surprise the still popular Taylor finally decided to profit from the ring. He was sentenced to three months of house arrest, five years of probation and 500 hours of community service for tax evasion in 2000.