The NBA announced Wednesday a 24-game regular-season suspension of Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor, following his pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge in Michigan.
Taylor, who has been on paid leave, will have the forfeit 24 games worth of pay as part of the punishment. The league will count the 11 games he’s missed so far toward the 24-game total, so he will miss the next 13 games. That would make him eligible to play at the earliest against the Phoenix Suns Dec. 17.
In a lengthy statement Wednesday NBA commissioner Adam Silver acknowledged Taylor’s suspension is considerably longer than past such punishments by the NBA.
Said Silver: “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.”
The NBA provided details from their investigation into what Taylor did on Sept. 24 in an East Lansing, Mich., hotel with a woman with whom he was having a romantic relationship.
According to the report Taylor and the woman were drinking heavily that night and began arguing loudly enough that hotel security was called. He shoved the woman out of their room and into a hotel hallway, causing her to hit her head on a door.
He then grabbed her by the arm. Police saw marks on her arm and a bump on her head, but she refused medical attention.
Taylor punched a hole in a hotel wall and was “belligerent and uncooperative” when being arrested by East Lansing police.
On Oct. 29, Taylor pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence and destruction of hotel property. He was sentenced to 18 months probation.