THE SAD TALE OF LAWRENCE PHILLIPS
LOS ANGELES — Former NFL and Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips was convicted Tuesday of seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon for driving a car at a group of young men, injuring three.
The 31-year-old Phillips drove onto a field near Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum after losing a pickup football game on Aug. 21, 2005. He struck two boys, ages 14 and 15, and a 19-year-old man and narrowly missed four others between 15 and 24 years old, according to the prosecutor.
I’m just curious to see what type of sentence is handed down to him. He has a lengthy record so I can’t see how anything less than the max is fair, especially considering what he did here.
He had the incident at Nebraska where he dragged his ex-girlfriend down the stairs and also choked a woman unconscious. And that’s not all of it. To show any lenience would border on absurd; it’s obvious he has no regard for life and should not be allowed in society.
Tom Osborne let him back on the Nebraska team the same year he had the first incident. He suspended him but he came back to play soon after. The next year Phillips was named the starter at running back. Osborne was said to have felt that despite the pressure his decision was just, because Phillips would be better off in the the football program than on his own. As if that makes sense.