One of the strangest and most poignant moments of my career came in the mid-90s.
Joanne Nesti, Brad Field, Beasley Reece and I were doing a 10pm newscast on the old Channel 20 (a proud affiliate of the United Paramount Network).
Our friend Beasley Reece choked up on the air and couldn’t continue his sportscast. He had to report on a friend in trouble, and he just couldn’t do it.
That friend was Lawrence Taylor. The arrest, at that time, was for drugs.
Beasley cared deeply about his friend. He had tried his best to steer him away from trouble and temptation, but there was only so much he could do.
So I was thinking of Beasley when I saw Lawrence Taylor on the FOX News Channel Tuesday, fresh off being sentenced to six years probation for having sex with a prostitute. A 16-year-old prostitute.
Taylor was trying to put the usual celebrity spin on his predicament, and couldn’t have done a worse job of it. The look on Shep Smith’s face said it all. It’s all here if you’re so inclined.
I don’t know what kind of relationship Beasley and Taylor have these days. But I found myself hoping he wasn’t watching.