Former Rams first-round draft choice Lawrence Phillips will have to wait longer for his sentencing on assault charges. Phillips, who is now 32, was convicted on seven counts of assault with a deadly weapon after driving into a group of teenagers with a car reported stolen following a pickup football game in Los Angeles in 2005. Three of the teens that Phillips hit were injured in the incident. Phillips is claiming that he played the pick-up game barefoot, and that he left his wallet and gun in his shoes, and that someone stole them, which is why he went after the teens.
Deputy District Attorney Richard Todd Hicks wants Phillips to serve 20 years in the slammer on this most recent charge. When things don’t go his way, he struggles to control his rage and he gets dangerous,” said Hicks. “We think this sentence is appropriate.” Right now the case is set to be heard on November 16th.
Phillips was recently named as of the biggest Draft busts in history in a NFL Network Top 10 special. He was supposed to turn the Rams frachise around at a time when they needed it, but his career was filled with mistakes, and they let him go after a season and a half, and then he went on to fail with the Dolphins and 49’ers. His one successful part of pro football was with the Barcelona Dragons, when he ran for 1021 yards and 14 TD’s back in 1999. Former Rams coach Dick Vermeil was one of Phillips’ supporters and even called him “potentially the greatest running back I (he) ever coached”.