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Rams Lawrence Phillips

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Super sad to report that former St. Louis Rams player Lawrence Phillips has been found dead in his cell at Kern Valley State Prison. According to the spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections.

Phillips was just 40 years old.

The former St. Louis Rams top pick was released from the team in 1997 due to insubordination.

Phillips was sent to prison in 2008 to serve a 30 year + sentence after twice choking his girlfriend and driving his car into three teens after a pickup football game. He was convicted of causing great bodily harm ( domestic violence), corporal injury to a spouse, false imprisonment and vehicle theft.

Phillips was put in a segregation cell in 2013 after his cellmate was found dead. There apparently was enough evidence to charge Lawrence Phillips with murder in the case.

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