Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor reportedly will not appeal his 24-game suspension for misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and malicious destruction of property.
Taylor pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts for domestic assault and malicious destruction of property last month. He was also charged with assault, but the charge was dropped as part of a plea bargain. Taylor admitted in court that he pushed his then-girlfriend to the ground, leaving her with marks on her arm and head.
The NBA players' union said Thursday that it was prepared to appeal Taylor's suspension on his behalf, calling the punishment "excessive."
Taylor was arrested on Sept. 25 and was suspended indefinitely by the Hornets the following day. The NBA considers the 11 games Taylor has already missed to be part of the 24-game suspension. Provided he satisfies the NBA's terms of the suspension, he will be eligible to return for Charlotte's game against the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 17.
- Dan Gartland