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Charlotte Hornets Jeff Taylor Suspended 24 Games For Domestic Violence Against Girlfriend

Back on October 30th…

Via CharlotteObserver

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor pleaded guilty Wednesday in East Lansing, Mich., to misdemeanor domestic violence and malicious destruction of property, according to court records and multiple media reports.

It wasn’t immediately clear what impact the plea will have on Taylor’s playing career. The plea came just hours before the Hornets’ season opener on Wednesday night. The team declined to comment on Taylor’s guilty plea.

NBA Spokesman Mike Bass said: “We are aware of Jeffery Taylor’s plea today. The NBA’s investigation of the matter is continuing.”

In comments to the Observer on Tuesday, team owner Michael Jordan said the Hornets would follow the NBA’s lead in determining what punishment Taylor faces.

“We’ll have conversations with the league and follow on the heels of that,” Jordan said. “When it happened we did all the due diligences. We felt it necessary that Jeffrey step away from the team and deal with the legal situation. … We looked to take the necessary steps to prevent it and to deal with it.”

What did Jeff do? Well…

Taylor, 25, said in court that he pushed his girlfriend into the wall at the Marriott Hotel in East Lansing, and the hotel room wall was damaged, the station reported.

Police were called to the hotel about 1 a.m. Sept. 25 and arrested Taylor. A day later, the Hornets banned Taylor from participating in team activities while the legal process played out.

Today, NBA commissioner Adam Silver made this announcement:

Via USAToday

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor 24 games without pay for Taylor’s role in a domestic violence incident.

Taylor has missed 11 games with pay from the start of the season, so he will miss an additional 13. Silver’s ruling says that he will suffer a financial penalty equivalent of 24 games.

Silver issued a 1,000–word opinion late Wednesday afternoon

He didn’t “Ray Rice” his girlfriend, but does 24 games seem a lil…light to you?


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