Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor (AP Photo: Ingham County Sheriffs Department and Chuck Burton, File)
The National Basketball Association has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property last month.
Taylor, 25, was arrested in an East Lansing, Mich., hotel Sept. 25 after an argument with a woman, whom he was involved with romantically.
Taylor and the woman were allegedly drinking a massive amount of liquor at a hotel room when a loud altercation occurred, according to an NBA investigation. The argument intensified when Taylor pushed the woman into the hallway, causing her to fall on the ground and hit her head on the door across from them.
The NBA also revealed that Taylor slapped the woman’s arm and punched a hole in the wall near his hotel room. The woman had marks on her upper arm and a bump on her head but declined medical treatment.
“This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a news release. “Mr. Taylor’s conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA.”
Taylor was sentenced to 18 months of probation, including a 26-week domestic violence intervention program.
In addition to his sentence, Silver will send Taylor to an outpatient alcohol treatment program where he will perform alcohol sensor tests daily for 60 days. Afterwards, Taylor must take random tests by the probation department and perform 80 hours of community service.
The domestic assault charge will be dismissed if Taylor successfully meets the conditions of his probation. However, if he does not, he could receive a bigger punishment from the NBA.
The Hornets found out about Taylor’s suspension Wednesday night right before their game against the Indiana Pacers and released a statement: “The NBA has informed us of its decision to suspend Jeffery Taylor. We understand and support the NBA’s position in this matter.”
Taylor only played in 26 games last year due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. He has fully recovered.
Taylor will lose about $267,000 this season due to his suspension.