Mara: LT situation 'sad, disheartening'

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- John Mara didn't want to say much about the Lawrence Taylor situation, but the sadness on his face was evident.

While at a news conference revealing New York and New Jersey's bid for the 2014 Super Bowl on Wednesday, Mara was asked about Taylor, who was arraigned last week on charges of third-degree rape and patronizing a prostitute.

"I don't want to get into that," said Mara, the Giants' president and chief executive officer. "It is obviously very sad and disheartening. But beyond that, I don't want to make any further statement on it."

Ottis Anderson, who played with Taylor, asked people to refrain from making up their minds about the Hall of Famer until all the facts are revealed.

"Before you voice your opinion, let's get all the facts," Anderson said at the New Meadowlands news conference on Wednesday. "We don't know."

Anderson said he hasn't talked to Taylor but he expressed support for his former Giants teammate.

"In a situation like this, any player knows that his former teammate has his back," Anderson said. "He is dealing with so much that you just try not to be another distraction to him but he knows we got his back."

Some of Taylor's former teammates have voiced their support for the former Giants star.

"The organization has always been extremely supportive of LT," said Mark Lepselter, Taylor's agent, in an appearance last week on the McDonald and Tierney show on 1050 ESPN New York. "Based on the conversation I had with an executive there, I believe that does continue. With due respect to the organization, this has nothing to do with the Giants. This is LT personally and that is where it's at."

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.