Luke DeCock

November 8, 2012

DeCock: The fall of former baseball star Brien Taylor

The No. 1 overall pick in the 1991 baseball draft by the New York Yankees out of East Carteret High School, Brien Taylor hadn't thrown a pitch in 13 years, his career fizzling after he tore up his million-dollar shoulder in a penny-ante fistfight after only his second pro season. Taylor, 40, pleaded guilty to one charge of distributing 28 grams or more of crack and arrived in court Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Louise Flanagan for sentencing. Six members of his family sat behind him in the courtroom.

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