Charlotte Hornets small forward Jeff Taylor has decided not to appeal the 24-game suspension imposed by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, regarding Taylor pleading guilty to a domestic-violence charge in Michigan.
Taylor spoke with media for the first time Monday after Silver announced last week an unpaid suspension that Silver acknowledged far exceeds previous punishments for similar transgressions.
“I take full responsibility for what happened. My actions were wrong so I don’t care to appeal a decision that was based off of my actions being wrong,” Taylor said. “So I respect the league’s decision on the suspension and I’ll take all the necessary steps to make sure that never happens again.”
Michele Roberts, National Basketball Players Association executive director, issued a statement last week calling the length of Taylor’s suspension “excessive, without precedent and a violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”
Under the CBA, players can receive a suspension of 10 or more games for a violent felony conviction. Taylor pleaded to a misdemeanor charge after an altercation with a woman with whom he was having a romantic relationship.
He has begun a counseling program on domestic violence and an out-patient alcohol treatment program. Taylor sounded contrite Monday about making amends and eventually restoring his reputation
“I made genuinely bad decisions. I wish I could go back and change them,” Taylor said.
“I feel a lot of sorrow. I hurt somebody who I care about a lot. I hurt my family, I hurt people I’ve known in the past, anybody I had any kind of relationship with. I know I disappointed a whole lot of people.
“I’m sorry for any pain I’ve caused.”
According to the results of an NBA investigation, Taylor shoved the woman in a hotel hallway and she hit her head on a door. East Lansing, Mich., police said the woman had a bump on her head and a mark on any upper arm.
Police also said Taylor, after a night of heavy drinking, was “belligerent and uncooperative” when they arrested him at East Lansing Marriott.
“I’d just like to apologize to the young woman involved in the incident on Sept. 25. She’s a person that I genuinely care about a lot. I’ve known her for a long time and I’m genuinely sorry for what happened,” Taylor said Monday.
“Also I’d like to apologize to the entire Charlotte Hornets organization – players, coaches and staff. I’m genuinely sorry for everything that transpired.
The suspension will cost Taylor approximately $200,000 in salary this season. He is not able to play again until a Dec. 17 home game against the Phoenix Suns.