Armen Keteyian: Lawrence Phillips Documentary Doesn’t Skirt Around Violence He Perpetuated

Armen Keteyian dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Monday to discuss “Running For His Life: The Lawrence Phillips Story,” which chronicles the life and death of the former NFL running back.

“It’s a documentary that not only details what happened,” Keteyian said on The DA Show, “but it’s an attempt – and I think it’s a very intelligent and a very powerful attempt – to explain why things happened.”

 

The No. 6 overall pick out of Nebraska in 1996, Phillips was found dead inside a California prison cell in April, this after allegedly hanging himself with a bed sheet.

Phillips, who had been sentenced to prison for 31 years in 2008 for a variety of convictions, including domestic violence, spousal abuse, and vehicle theft, was 40 years old. He was also facing first-degree murder charges following the death of his former cellmate, Damion Soward, in April 2015.

“We do not skirt around in any way, shape or form the violence that he perpetuated on at least five women that we know,” said Keteyian, who served as executive producer for the project. “There’s an incredible interview with this woman who was Lawrence’s girlfriend in San Diego when his life was really going off the rails and what she experienced – the trauma and the violence that she experienced at his hands.

“So it just has everything,” Keteyian continued. “It’s got incredible music, it’s got some beautiful photography, and this editor that we worked with – trust me, I’ve worked with a lot of editors in the last 30 years. This guy, I’ve never been around anybody that could take what I thought was a really good script and make it into something that was very, very special. I’m very proud of it. It’s one of those things I’m going to look back on 10 years from now and still think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”

The documentary premiers Friday on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET.

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