Taylor 'not worried about anything' as camp opens
ASHBURN, Va. -- Sean Taylor isn't worried about going to jail or concerned what people think of him. He calls football his life but defends his right to stay away from the sport and ignore his coach during the offseason.
The second-year safety, whose NFL career has been one controversy after another, remained as unpredictable as ever Monday on the opening day of Washington Redskins training camp.
"I don't think anybody should have regrets, especially me," Taylor said. "You don't regret what you do in your life. If you do it, you do it for a reason. I'm here, and I'm happy to be here, and I'm happy to be working."
Taylor is charged with threatening someone with a gun in a dispute over an all-terrain vehicle near his Miami home June 1. The trial is set for Sept. 12, the day after the start of the regular season, with a minimum sentence of three years a distinct possibility for a conviction.
Taylor did not go into detail about his legal problems, but he did respond when asked if he was afraid of going to jail.
"That's why we've got judges, we've got trials, we've got people who make decisions [about] what goes on in court," Taylor said. "I'm not worried about anything. That's something for them to handle."
This is the latest in a string of troubles for Taylor. His rookie season included a drunken driving charge that was later dismissed, a fine for skipping the NFL's mandatory rookie symposium, several in-season fines for uniform violations and illegal hits and the hiring and firing of two agents.
Asked if he was concerned about his image, he said: "People that know me, they know me. They know what I'm about. People that don't know me, they're going to be the ones who question and doubt and speculate and write stories before they come ask and find out. They really have no clue. So I'm not worried about what people think."
|“||They knocked everybody else's trial back, so why would they make him come in September? They put Michael Jackson's trial back, and he ain't got a concert anytime soon. ”|
|— Teammate Clinton Portis, on Sean Taylor's legal problems|
Taylor was asked to explain why he boycotted the Redskins' voluntary offseason program and why he didn't return coach Joe Gibbs' calls.
"Why was I not here? It was offseason," Taylor said. "I could have returned his phone calls, but it was offseason.
"For the fans that might think I don't like to be here in Washington, it's not that," he added. "It's just that when I have my offseason time, there's places you go."
The price Taylor is paying for his snub of Gibbs was evident once the practices were under way. Taylor worked with the second-string unit, behind newcomer Pierson Prioleau.
"He has missed a lot," Gibbs said. "We kind of felt like that was the best place to start him."
Taylor took the demotion in stride, adding that football is a good way to get away from his problems.
"This is where I'm most comfortable," Taylor said. "This is my life, where I work. I'm definitely glad to be back."
Taylor's friend, running back Clinton Portis, said he didn't think Taylor will be distracted by the upcoming trial, in part because lawyers will probably ask to postpone it until the end of the season.
"He shouldn't be worried. They knocked everybody else's trial back, so why would they make him come in September?" Portis said. "They put Michael Jackson's trial back, and he ain't got a concert anytime soon."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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