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    Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years
    Posted by Mike Florio on December 18, 2009 6:13 PM ET
    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. :|
    RnD

    GO RAMS!!

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    wow..i know he`s an headcase..but 31 years still seems a bit extreme to me..i think he should have got 10-12 years..that way it would have punished him and also had a chance of reforming him into a better human being...31 years in the Pen is not gonna do that.

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    • #3
      Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

      Originally posted by Ramblin` Ram View Post
      wow..i know he`s an headcase..but 31 years still seems a bit extreme to me..i think he should have got 10-12 years..that way it would have punished him and also had a chance of reforming him into a better human being...31 years in the Pen is not gonna do that.
      Call it a lifetime achievement award for having a list of priors longer than "War and Peace."

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      • #4
        Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

        what a waste, he'll have alot of time to think about woulda coulda shoulda.

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        • #5
          Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

          Originally posted by Ramblin` Ram View Post
          a chance of reforming him into a better human being...31 years in the Pen is not gonna do that.
          No but it does keep him from causing anymore domestic disturbances for 31 years.

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            Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

            holy hell! 31 years for a domestic? wow he might as well of killed em all then...

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              Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

              Originally posted by TheRammer View Post
              holy hell! 31 years for a domestic? wow he might as well of killed em all then...
              he tried to run down some kids with his car, I would have given him the freakin electric chair,society is better off without him, plus I think that fact that he had a long list of prior bad acts lead to the stiff sentence,he is just one of those guys who didn't get it.
              Last edited by jkramsfan; -12-20-2009, 05:59 PM.

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              • #8
                Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

                Holy Cow....Are you serious. He was found guilty of driving his car into three teens. That is a called 3 counts of Attempted murder. He is a thug and he was a menace to Society. Good riddens.

                Don't feel so bad though, if he behaves himself he'll be out in about 12 years.....

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                • #9
                  Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

                  Justice Served! Pity they can't put him and O.J. in the same cell. Pity with all the promise both had and a chance to do good in this world, they choose this end.

                  By the time each get out they will be aged relics having wasted a large part of their lives as they have their promise

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                  • #10
                    Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

                    Don't remember this guy, I was 6 years old... Was he really a bust?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

                      Maybe he'll get to share a cell with Darryl Henley & they can trade shoulda/woulda/coulda stories.

                      And yes, Trevor, he was an epic bust. I think he made a list of top ten busts of all time.If you're too young to remember LP, I'm sure you don't know Henley's story which reads like the plot of a bad movie; a starting DB for the Rams who got busted for trying to smuggle cocaine. I think he got over 40 years.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

                        You guys are killing me. Driving his car into 3 teens + attacking his GF = 4 counts of attempted murder. Not to mention all of his prior convictions.

                        If you think 31 years is too harsh, I'm scared for you, and for humanity in general.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

                          How time flies ! He is already 31 years

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                          • #14
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                            dam never knew about the attemted murder part... very sad how people like him clarett and henley and others just f up their life...

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                            • #15
                              Re: Lawrence Phillips gets 31 years

                              For those that might not understand how messed up Phillips is, and just how much talent he wasted, here's the timeline of he criminal and football career. Hope you have some time...it's LONG.


                              June 1995: Phillips is charged with trespassing and assault for an attack on his live-in girlfriend. He reportedly threatened to shoot her "in the kneecaps and elbows" so the University of Nebraska provided her with 24-hour protection.

                              August 1995: He kicks off the season by scaling the north wall of his girlfriend's apartment building, jumps onto the balcony, and runs right through her screen door. He allegedly drags her down 3 flights of stairs by the hair. Phillips pleads no contest and gets one year's probation. Tom Osborne eventually wimps out and reinstates him to play football.

                              April 1996: The Rams take Phillips with the 6th overall pick in the NFL draft. In their defense, his contract is a unique pay-as-you-play deal: $5.8 million but no money up front. It's sort of a precursor to Pacman Jones' deal with the Titans (also a 6th pick incidentally) with all the behavior clauses. Over a 19-month stint Phillips gets arrested 3 more times and spends 23 days in jail.

                              December 1996: Phillips pleads no contest to the DUI from June, gets probation for three years, and 80 hours of community service. He'll eventually default on all three court orders.

                              February 1997: Phillips is arrested at a $25-a-night hotel in Omaha on charges of disorderly conduct. A "party" got out of hand at 2:15 am and Phillips reportedly refuses to come out of the bathroom when police arrived.

                              February 1997: Lisa Bateman and Arthur Stallworth file lawsuits accusing Phillips of assaulting them. They were at this hotel party: Bateman accuses Phillips of groping her, and Stallworth, her boyfriend, accuses Phillips of beating him.

                              March 1997: Phillips is sentenced to 30 days in jail for violating probation.

                              October 1997: Phillips is charged with battery after a woman accuses him of beating her. She reportedly refused to dance with him so he smacked her and yelled, "I'll break your jawbone and pull the weave out of your head." The victim allegedly sustained a chipped tooth, cut lip and also temporarily blacked out. Luckily she wasn't hurt any worse. Phillips pleads no contest.

                              December 1997: After refusing to show for a team meeting and practice in a dispute with coach Dick Vermeil over playing time the Rams cut Phillips, and a teary-eyed Vermeil at the time called Phillips potentially the best running back he had ever coached. The Miami Dolphins sign him 2 days later.

                              March 1998: A young woman named Rebecca Harvey files a civil suit against him claiming that she was attacked at that same hotel party a year earlier in Nebraska. The suit alleges that Phillips has shown "a continuous and outrageous pattern of gender-motivated violence." Ya think? Phillips pleads no contest yet again, literally asking to be jailed.

                              July 1998: Miami releases Phillips just 4 days into training camp amidst allegations from a young woman that Phillips hit her at a nightclub on June 27.

                              June 1999: Phillips was out of football in 1998. But he lands with the Barcelona Dragons in the spring of '99 and sets NFL Europe records. Over 1,000 yards in 8 games. No valid reports of any crimes or malfeasance across the pond.

                              July 1999: His agent somehow gets him a tryout with the San Francisco *****. They sign him.

                              Sept. 27, 1999: In the Monday Night game in Tempe, Ariz Phillips missed a blocking assignment — some say on purpose — allowing Arizona free safety Aeneas Williams a free lane to blindside Steve Young. The ***** quarterback sustained a career-ending concussion on the play.

                              November 1999: Phillips posts 32 yards & 0 TDs in the previous 3 games and is released by the *****.

                              March 2000: Phillips is arrested in Beverly Hills. Authorities respond to a domestic violence call at a party. His injured girlfriend is treated at the scene. The good news is that she escapes with just a few bruises. The bad news is Phillips requires 4 officers to get him in the back seat of the patrol car.

                              January 2001: Phillips signs with the XFL's Las Vegas Outlaws for a base salary of $4,500.

                              March 2001: Phillips signs with the Arena League's Florida Bobcats. He disappeared and never got one paycheck. He then moved on to the Canadian Football League, helping the Montreal Alouettes (1,022 yards and 13 TDs) win the 2002 Grey Cup.

                              June 2002: Phillips gets arrested in Montreal after sexually assaulting his girlfriend. He also failed to appear at the hearing.

                              July 2003: Phillips, released by the Alouettes, picks up with the Calgary Stampeders. He's quickly arrested for carrying a loaded handgun - "wrapped in tin foil like a hoagie" - in his pickup truck. He's released by Calgary for calling head coach Jim Barker something that can't be repeated here.

                              August 2004: Phillips stumbles into a Las Vegas pawnshop - "Steve's Buy & Sell" - at 9:00 in the morning and sells one of his Big Eight championship rings for $20. "He said he was stuck in Las Vegas," said Steve Gibson, the owner. "He said, `I need to get out of town.'" Gibson then went home and eBay-ed the ring for $1,700.

                              July 2005: Phillips is sought by police for allegedly attacking his girlfriend and choking her into unconsciousness.

                              August 21, 2005: Phillips, now 30 years old, is arrested in Los Angeles after allegedly hitting a group of teenagers with his car. He reportedly got in an argument during a pickup football game over his missing gym bag. God knows what was in that thing - an iPod, some pills, maybe a human hand? - but whatever the case Phillips totally panics. He screams at the kids and accuses them of stealing it. "The kids said they didn't know where his belongings were," a witness said. Phillips is not satisfied so he hops in his black Honda (which turned out to be stolen) and drives onto the field to mow them down. Three boys are treated at a hospital but all were OK thankfully. Phillips is arrested and held on the domestic-violence felony warrant from the above July incident.

                              March 2006: The Associated Press reports Phillips will stand trial in October 2006 on felony assault charges stemming from the car incident. The assigned judge dismissed two counts of child abuse and one count of leaving the scene of an accident, but continued the trial on the more serious charges.

                              October 10, 2006: Phillips was found guilty of seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon for hitting the boys with the car and was sentenced to 10 years in a California state prison.

                              August 2009: While serving that sentence, Philips was convicted in for the assault on his then-girlfriend on seven counts, including assault with great bodily injury; false imprisonment; making a criminal threat; and auto theft.

                              December 18, 2009: Phillips was sentenced to more than 31 years in prison for attacking his girlfriend and driving his car into three teens.

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                              • DE_Ramfan
                                Lawrence Phillips dead at 40.
                                by DE_Ramfan
                                Troubled ex-NFL RB Lawrence Phillips dead at 40
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                                By Dan Hanzus
                                Around the NFL Writer
                                Published: Jan. 13, 2016 at 01:47 p.m. Updated: Jan. 13, 2016 at 02:06 p.m.
                                The tragic life of Lawrence Phillips has come to an tragic end.


                                The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Wednesday that Phillips -- a former college star at Nebraska whose NFL career was derailed by off-the-field issues -- was found unresponsive in his cell at Kern Valley State Prison early Wednesday morning. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


                                Phillips was 40. Prison officials are investigating the death as a possible suicide.


                                Phillips was facing the death penalty after being accused of murdering his cellmate in 2015. Phillips was initially incarcerated in 2008, when he was sentenced to over 31 years in prison after being convicted of "inflicting great bodily injury involving domestic violence, corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and vehicle theft."


                                Phillips was a star tailback on Nebraska's national championship teams in 1994 and 1995. The Rams selected Phillips with the sixth overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, but he averaged just 3.4 yards per carry before being released midway through his second season. His NFL career ended in 1999 after short stays with the ***** and Dolphins.
                                -01-13-2016, 12:21 PM
                              • peramoure
                                Lawrence Phillips in jail for 31 years
                                by peramoure
                                I don't know if this was brought up, but once a year I look and see how this guy is doing. Last I heard he tried to run over kids with his car after flag football, but it looks like he'll be in jail until he is 60 or 70. If this has been posted already feel free to delete it.

                                Updated: December 18, 2009, 10:05 PM ET
                                Phillips says he didn't get fair trial
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                                Associated Press

                                SAN DIEGO -- Ex-NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been sentenced to more than 31 years in prison for attacking his girlfriend and driving his car into three teens.

                                Phillips, 34, was sentenced Friday in San Diego for assault and other crimes.

                                Phillips told the judge he didn't get a fair trail and he'll appeal.

                                Phillips twice choked his girlfriend in 2005 in San Diego. Later that year, he aimed his car and struck three teens after a pickup football game in Los Angeles.

                                A Los Angeles judge gave him 10 years for that attack but he was re-sentenced to seven years on Friday.

                                Phillips was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska. The St. Louis Rams released him for insubordination in 1997. He also play for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco *****.
                                -02-06-2010, 05:56 PM
                              • moklerman
                                Lawrence Phillips gets 10 years in prison
                                by moklerman
                                Lawrence Phillips sentenced to prison - NFL - Yahoo! Sports


                                Lawrence Phillips sentenced to prison

                                In this Aug. 23, 2005 file photo, former National Football League running back Lawrence Phillips is shown in Superior Court in Los Angeles. Phillips was sentenced Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, to 10 years in prison after being convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, in Los Angeles.

                                AP - Oct 3, 5:23 pm EDT

                                LOS ANGELES (AP)—Former football star Lawrence Phillips was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison, two years after he was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon.

                                The sentencing was repeatedly delayed while Phillips fought to withdraw a guilty plea in a domestic abuse case that could have led to a stiffer sentence.

                                Phillips was convicted in 2006 of seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

                                The 33-year-old former Nebraska running back has been jailed since August 2005, when he drove onto a field near Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and his car struck three boys, ages 14 and 15, and a 19-year-old man, who suffered cuts and bruises. The car narrowly missed three other people, prosecutor Todd Hicks said.

                                Phillips was allegedly upset after losing a pickup football game to the youths and accused them of stealing some of his possessions.

                                “When he gets angry and he feels disrespected, he acts out with blind rage,” Hicks said in a telephone interview after the sentencing.

                                In court, Phillips tearfully apologized to one of the victims.

                                “I’m sorry that your leg is messed up,” Phillips told Rodney Flores, after hearing the young man tell the court that he was unable to pursue his dream of playing high school sports as a result of being hit when he was 16.

                                “I’m sorry you have to come in here like this,” Phillips said, adding that he “wanted the chance to say I didn’t mean to hurt people.”

                                Superior Court Judge George G. Lomeli said Phillips should have thought about what he did.

                                A call to Phillips’ attorney Leslie Ringold was not immediately returned.

                                Sentencing was delayed while Phillips tried to withdraw a 2000 guilty plea to hitting a woman he had been dating during a confrontation at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the prosecutor said.

                                The plea stands as a strike against Phillips under California’s “three-strikes” law, which mandates tougher sentences for repeat offenders.

                                Phillips contended he was coerced into pleading guilty to domestic abuse and making a criminal threat, resulting in a brief prison term and three years of probation.

                                His attempts to withdraw the plea are continuing, Hicks said.

                                The St. Louis Rams released Phillips for insubordination in 1997. He signed with the Miami Dolphins, but was later released. In 1999 in NFL Europe, he set league records for rushing and...
                                -10-03-2008, 10:53 PM
                              • r8rh8rmike
                                Ex-NFL RB Lawrence Phillips Found Guilty In Calif.
                                by r8rh8rmike
                                Ex-NFL RB Lawrence Phillips found guilty in Calif.
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                                SAN DIEGO (AP)—Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been convicted of assault and other felony charges in San Diego.

                                A Superior Court jury found Phillips guilty Tuesday of seven counts. Phillips had been accused of choking his girlfriend on two occasions in August 2005, once into unconsciousness.

                                He faces up to 25 years in prison when he’s sentenced next month. Phillips already is serving a 10-year sentence for hitting three teenagers with his car in Los Angeles.

                                Phillips was once one of the nation’s top college football players at Nebraska. The St. Louis Rams released him for insubordination in 1997. He went on to play for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco *****, and spent time in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League.
                                -08-12-2009, 12:21 PM
                              • RamWraith
                                Lawrence Phillips convicted of assault, faces prison
                                by RamWraith
                                Updated: Oct. 10, 2006, 10:28 PM ET



                                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.

                                The three who were struck sustained "severe bumps and bruises and cuts," Deputy District Attorney Todd Hicks said.

                                A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about an hour before finding Phillips guilty, Hicks said.

                                Phillips faces up to 20 years in state prison. A sentencing date is expected to be set Oct. 19.

                                The prosecutor told jurors that Phillips became agitated when his team fell behind in the pickup game. He left the field, accused the boys of stealing from him and drove onto the field at a high rate of speed, Hicks said.

                                Defense attorney Leslie Ringold argued that her client's actions were neither willful nor intentional and said there was "woefully insufficient evidence of assault."

                                She said the car Phillips was driving first hit the front wheel of a bike and fishtailed.

                                Phillips was arrested that day and has remained jailed since.

                                He has a history of trouble with the law, going back a decade to his time as one of the nation's top college football players.

                                The St. Louis Rams released him for insubordination in 1997 after he played 25 games with them. Phillips signed with the Miami Dolphins later in the 1997 season but was released after pleading no contest to hitting a woman in a nightclub.

                                Phillips was the top offensive player in NFL Europe in 1999 after setting league records for rushing and touchdowns with the Barcelona Dragons.

                                He signed with the San Francisco ***** later that year but was released for missing a practice. He has also played in the Canadian Football League.
                                -10-11-2006, 05:31 AM
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