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Hornets’ Jeff Taylor sentenced to 18 months probation, alcohol treatment

Jeffrey Taylor
Jeffrey Taylor Ingham County Sheriff's Office

Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor was sentenced to 18 months of probation on Thursday in connection with a domestic violence conviction, according to multiple media reports.

Television news station WILX reported that as a part of the probation, Taylor must complete 26 weeks in a batterer’s intervention program. He must also enter an outpatient alcohol treatment program and perform self-tests for alcohol use several times a day.

On Wednesday, Taylor, 25, pleaded guilty in East Lansing, Mich., to the domestic violence charge and to malicious destruction of property, also a misdemeanor.

Hornets General Manager Rich Cho told the Observer the team is following the NBA’s lead regarding Taylor’s situation. Taylor missed the team’s season opener Wednesday and is still not participating in team activities. An NBA spokesman told the Observer on Wednesday that the league’s investigation is continuing.

Court documents indicated Taylor and prosecutors struck a deal Tuesday. A charge of assault and battery against a hotel employee was dropped as part of the plea deal.

Taylor said in court that he pushed his girlfriend into a wall at the Marriott Hotel in East Lansing, and the hotel room wall was damaged, the station reported.

Police were called to the hotel about 1 a.m. Sept. 25 and arrested Taylor. A day later, the Hornets banned Taylor from participating in team activities while the legal process played out.

Taylor’s domestic violence arrest came as pro sports teams, their fans and advertisers have been embroiled in a national discussion about athletes accused of domestic violence. Staff writer Rick Bonnell contributed.

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