Hornets suspend Jeffery Taylor indefinitely after domestic violence charges
Taylor was arrested around 1 a.m. on Thursday and charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property.
"We have informed Jeffery Taylor that effective immediately he will not be participating in any team-related activities while the NBA is investigating his conduct in this matter," the statement reads. "As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution. We have spoken with Jeffery and his representatives and they fully understand our position."
NBAPA chief Michele Roberts also issued a statement, according to SI's Chris Mannix.
New NBAPA chief Michele Roberts issues a statement on Hornets Jeff Taylor, says while she supports the decision to hold Taylor out ...— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) September 27, 2014
... Roberts says "our expectation is that no disciplinary action should or would be taken by the team or the league going forward ...— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) September 27, 2014
(Roberts cont.) ... prior to objective deliberation and full consideration of the facts in this matter."— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) September 27, 2014
Taylor was reportedly involved in a second incident with police on Thursday.
He has a pre-trial court date for the domestic assault charge set for Oct. 8 at East Lansing District Court in Michigan. Taylor has the option for a bench trial, rather than a jury trial.
The 25-year-old averaged eight points and 2.3 rebounds in 77 games last season.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said that the league will review its own domestic violence policies in light of recent NFL cases regarding the issue.
- Molly Geary