NEW YORK — The
executive director of the NBA Players Association said Thursday
the suspension given to Charlotte's Jeffery Taylor by Commissioner
Adam Silver is "excessive, without precedent and a violation
of the Collective Bargaining Agreement."
adds that the union is ready to file an immediate appeal, but that
the choice is Taylor's.
Taylor for 24 games without pay on Wednesday after the forward
pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault
and malicious destruction of hotel property. Taylor will lose
nearly $200,000 of his $915,000 salary this season.
Taylor will get
credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an
additional 13 for a total which is slightly more than one-fourth
of the league's 82-game schedule.
contemplates a minimum 10-game suspension in any case involving a
conviction for a violent felony, including domestic violence. In
contrast, Jeff Taylor was charged with a misdemeanor that is
likely to be dismissed at the end of a probationary period,"
Roberts said in a statement.
sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his probation, he
must complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention
Silver issued a
statement Wednesday in which he said: "This suspension is
necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public's
confidence in it. 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."
But Roberts notes
that the penalty is one of the longest in NBA history.
"We have a
scheme of discipline that was the result of collective bargaining
between the parties that has been applied consistently over the
years," she said. "While we appreciate the sensitivity
of this societal issue, the Commissioner is not entitled to
rewrite the rules or otherwise ignore precedent in disciplinary
Taylor can appeal
the suspension to an independent arbitrator.
ultimately this is Jeff's decision, we stand ready to file an
immediate appeal on his behalf," Roberts said.