Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips, one of the biggest top-ten first-round busts of all time, has been sentenced to more than 31 years in prison for attacking his girlfriend, and for driving his car into three teens, according to the Associated Press.

The incidents occurred in 2005.

The Rams made Phillips the sixth overall pick in the 1996 draft, eight spots before Eddie George was selected by the Titans.

The quick collapse of Phillips’ career makes the franchise’s ability to win a Super Bowl only three years later even more amazing.

51 responses to “Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

  1. Only 31. What took so long to get the trial over?
    With marginal or “good” behavior he will get paroled in 12,
    and back in prison in 14.
    Dick Vermeil should shed another tear.

  2. “The quick collapse of Phillips’ career makes the franchise’s ability to win a Super Bowl only three years later even more amazing.”
    What franchise? You never name it. Duh.

  3. Hi Mr. Florio. The casual reader might not know that you are referring to the Rams as the “franchise” in the last sentence…unless I am missing something in my post-Friday work induced glee.

  4. You forgot to mention that the team who drafted him but won the Super Bowl three years later was the St. Louis Rams.
    You’re welcome.

  5. 31 years ???
    But Donte Stallworth got, what, 24 days for driving drunk and KILLING someone ???
    Shouldn’t these 2 sentences be reversed ???

  6. This thug should have been in jail many years ago.
    Justice is finally served but the damage is done.

  7. @ joaquinfenix
    He was referring to the Rams chief. If you are going to call someone an idiot at least be on point like yours truly.
    Interesting the second part though, I was wondering the same

  8. # PackFaninPackLand says: December 18, 2009 6:35 PM
    31 years ???
    But Donte Stallworth got, what, 24 days for driving drunk and KILLING someone ???
    Shouldn’t these 2 sentences be reversed ???
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    You have got to keep in mind that this incident was only the latest of many dealing with Phillips beating on women. You continue the practice the price goes up as evidenced by the received sentence.

  9. Florio,
    I must say, I’ve got your back on this one. I completely understood your blog. I don’t think people are reading it carefully enough. Carry On.

  10. The pick-up games in the can are going to be a whole lot harder than those teens, and won’t be no car around to drive into them. Yo.

  11. If I remember correctly he dragged his GF down some stairs by her hair while in college and she somehow got kicked off of HER team, probably for making a fuss over it.
    drop that soap, Lawrence!

  12. @PackFaninPackLand
    There is a difference between intentionally driving your car into a crowd of people in broad daylight, trying to kill them and accidentally hitting a pedestrian who was somewhere they should not have been in the early hours of the morning.
    One is attempted murder the other is a tragic accident where both parties involved were at fault.

  13. “The RAMS made Phillips the sixth overall pick in the 1996 draft”
    Duhhhh .. what team did he play for?

  14. I’m going out on a limb here and say that I’m pretty sure that not even Tony Dungy can save this guy.

  15. Re: stnnmc “You have got to keep in mind that this incident was only the latest of many dealing with Phillips beating on women. You continue the practice the price goes up as evidenced by the received sentence.”
    So how many people would Stallworth have to kill via his drunk driving until he reached the 31 years that Phillips got for beating up several women ??? 10 ??? 20 ??? 50 ???
    Don’t get me wrong, both players are pieces of $hit, but this sentence makes no sense whatsoever.
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    Re: wowbaka – Oh, so you can buy your way out of jail – even for killing someone ??? Nice.
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    Re: GregO – “One is attempted murder the other is a tragic accident where both parties involved were at fault.”
    Huh ???? Umm Greg, are you Stallworth’s attorney ??? What a ridiculous comment.

  16. “Only 31. What took so long to get the trial over?
    With marginal or “good” behavior he will get paroled in 12,
    and back in prison in 14.
    Dick Vermeil should shed another tear.” -Bob Nelson
    That ignorant ass will surely do soemthing stupid in the hole that’ll get extra years added onto his sentence. I personally would’ve made him fry in the chair, but that’s just me.

  17. 31 YEARS? WHO WAS HIS LAWYER, MIKE FLORIO?!?!? NOW WE KNOW WHY YOU QUIT YOUR DAY JOB!…HAHA just kidding mike 🙂

  18. Rob Noxious says:
    December 18, 2009 6:25 PM
    “The quick collapse of Phillips’ career makes the franchise’s ability to win a Super Bowl only three years later even more amazing.”
    What franchise? You never name it. Duh.
    The Rams. Duh.

  19. The comments on these articles are horribly ignorant. Other than a small handful I really doubt any of the people that post on here can read. Read the article fully before commenting. Also, know a little something about what you commenting on before spewing off at the mouth you bunch of inbred morons.

  20. should have got 31 years for missing the block that ended Steve Youngs career. Damn Rams should have kept him.

  21. I’m stunned by how many people here didn’t know Lawrence Phillips was drafted out of Nebraska by the St. Louis Rams.
    I always suspected many of the posters here were either retarded or 12 years old. This kind of confirms it.

  22. This is incredible!
    Being old, white, lacking any rhythm and any athletic ability to speak of, I can’t comprehend how someone with his gifts would behave in such a manner.
    Shocking!
    Just a side note. Not all first round picks turn out to be NFL capable, stand up guys and all around good citizens.
    Itz da money!
    I mean, afterall, monkeys do fling poo! Why? Because it’s what they do. The human animal is a little harder to predict. So no pain to the Rams. How would they have known?

  23. Keep in mind in Stallworth’s situation he was drining and driving but he was not at fault. The pedestrian stepped out in front of his car which could have happened anyway.
    He was wrong to drink and drive but there is a big difference between intentionally driving into people and someone stepping in front of your car.

  24. 8man,
    How would the Rams have known??? Lawrence Phillips has a looong history of douchebaggery and violence towards women. Take a bow Tom Osbourne, your years of enabling thugs pale in comparison to that shiny trophy.

  25. SwedishMurderMachine stupidly said: “The RAMS made Phillips the sixth overall pick in the 1996 draft”
    Duhhhh .. what team did he play for?

    Also, Mannyfresh2009 just as stupidly said: “Rob Noxious says:
    December 18, 2009 6:25 PM
    “The quick collapse of Phillips’ career makes the franchise’s ability to win a Super Bowl only three years later even more amazing.”
    What franchise? You never name it. Duh.
    The Rams. Duh.

    Obviously, Florio corrected his error AFTER reading those comments. DUH!

  26. If he had committed this same crime while at Nebraska, Tom Osborne would have come down real hard on Phillips.
    He might have had to sit out the ENTIRE first quarter of the Spring game.

  27. “The quick collapse of Phillips’ career makes the franchise’s ability to win a Super Bowl only three years later even more amazing.
    What franchise? You never name it. Duh.”
    He mentions that the Rams drafted him just before!
    “The Rams made Phillips the sixth overall pick in the 1996 draft, eight spots before Eddie George was selected by the Titans.”
    Use your goddamn brain.

  28. # aggro says: December 18, 2009 8:43 PM
    The comments on these articles are horribly ignorant. Other than a small handful I really doubt any of the people that post on here can read. Read the article fully before commenting. Also, know a little something about what you commenting on before spewing off at the mouth you bunch of inbred morons.
    —————————————
    Welcome to this site. Some of the stupidest sh*t you’ll ever hear in your life is posted here.
    Just an FYI, don’t ever take this site too seriously. It’s for entertainment purposes only.

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