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L.T. a no-show at reunion breakfast

Former New York Giants football star Lawrence Taylor

Former New York Giants football star Lawrence Taylor arrives at the Rockland County Courthouse for formal sentencing in New City, N.Y. The ex-linebacker pleaded guilty in January to sexual misconduct and patronizing a 16-year-old prostitute. (March 22, 2011) Credit: AP

Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor joined his former teammates on Saturday night for a private celebration commemorating the 25-year reunion of the Giants’ 1986 Super Bowl championship team. But elected not to attend a breakfast yesterday at which most players and coaches, as well as several hundred fans, attended. 

The controversial linebacker, who was sentenced in March to six years probation for an encounter in May, 2010 with an underage prostitute in Montebello, N.Y., appeared in good spirits, according to his former teammates. 

“Lawrence had a lot of laughs. It was fun to see him,” former quarterback Phil Simms said. “I think everybody was happy to see him. I’d hate to speak for him but I think it was a great thing for him, for him to be around everybody and everybody to see him.” 

Former head coach Bill Parcells said he has been in regular contact with Taylor. 

“I have seen Lawrence a lot here in the last year,” Parcells said. “We have spent quite a bit of time together. He was in South Florida, I was there. We see each other, we communicate regularly, I saw him two or three times this spring. I know what is going on with him. He is doing pretty good.” 

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