this undated file image released by the Ingham
County Sheriffs Department, Charlotte Hornets'
Jeffery Taylor is photographed in East Lansing,
Mich. The NBA has suspended Taylor for 24 games
without pay after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor
domestic violence assault and malicious destruction
of hotel property in October.
N.C. — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wanted to send a
strong message on the league's lack of tolerance for
suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24
games without pay after Taylor pleaded guilty last month
to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious
destruction of hotel property.
the suspension is significantly longer than prior
suspensions for incidents of domestic violence by NBA
players, it is appropriate in light of Mr. Taylor's
conduct, the need to deter similar conduct going forward,
and the evolving social consensus — with which we fully
concur — that professional sports leagues like the NBA
must respond to such incidents in a more rigorous
way," Silver said in a statement on Wednesday.
will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will
sit out an additional 13, which is slightly more than
one-fourth of the league's 82-game schedule.
suspension means Taylor will lose nearly $200,000 of his
$915,000 salary this season.
unclear if Taylor plans to appeal. Attempts to reach the
NBA Players Association on Wednesday night were
25, is in his third NBA season. He was sentenced to 18
months of probation. As part of his probation, he must
complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention
Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver
greets San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt as they
watch ;the Spurs play the Los Angeles Clippers
during the first half of an NBA basketball game,
Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Los Angeles.
was praised for his prompt and decisive punishment when it
came to the Donald Sterling situation. Silver banned the
Los Angeles Clippers owner and forced him to sell his
stake in the franchise after his racially charged
similar action in his effort to leave no doubt where the
league stands on domestic violence.
suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the
NBA and the public's confidence in it," Silver said
in the statement. "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."
suspension comes at a time when domestic violence has
dominated the sports landscape around the country,
Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was convicted
in July on two counts of domestic violence. He is
appealing, but is not allowed to return until after the
trial is completed.
played one game for the Panthers, before a video was
released of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice
punching his then-fiance in a hotel elevator, leading to
the league changing how it handles domestic violence
situations. Hardy was placed on the exempt-commissioner's
permission list three weeks into the season and continues
to collect his $13.1 million salary from the Panthers.
Hornets released a statement before their game Wednesday
night against Indiana, saying: "The NBA has informed
us of its decision to suspend Jeffery Taylor. We
understand and support the NBA's position in this
conducted an investigation into Taylor's arrest in an East
Lansing, Michigan hotel the morning of Sept. 25 following
an altercation with a woman with whom he was having a
and the woman were drinking heavily at a hotel room and a
loud argument ensued, prompting guests to call security,
the league's statement outlined. The argument escalated
and Taylor shoved the woman in a violent manner into the
hallway where she fell to the ground and struck her head
on an opposite door.
statement also said Taylor slapped her 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, the report said.
was arrested by East Lansing police officers and according
to NBA investigation was "belligerent and
said Taylor also must enter an outpatient alcohol
treatment program and perform alcohol sensor tests daily
for 60 days. After that, he is subject to random testing
by the probation department. He must also perform 80 hours
of community service.
domestic assault charge will be dismissed if Taylor
successfully meets the conditions of his probation. If
Taylor fails to meet the conditions of his probation he
could be subject to further punishment from the league.
asked before Charlotte's game against the Pacers if the
suspension was too stiff, Hornets backup center Jason
Maxiell said, "It's hard to answer that one right
second-round pick in 2012 out of Vanderbilt, Taylor missed
most of last year with a ruptured Achilles tendon but is
6-foot-7, 225-pound Taylor has been competing for the past
two seasons with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a starting
spot at small forward. He played in 26 games with eight
starts last season before suffering his injury in late
rookie in 2012, he played in 77 games with 29 starts. He
has averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds for his career.