Jeffery Taylor Suspended

Jeffery Taylor Suspended

Charlotte Hornets’ forward Jeffery Taylor has been suspended by the NBA for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor, domestic violence assault and destruction of hotel property.

Taylor will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an additional 13.

''This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public's confidence in it,'' NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Wednesday. ''Mr. Taylor's conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA.''

The suspension means Taylor will lose nearly $200,000 of his $915,000 salary this season.

Taylor, 25, is in his third NBA season. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his probation, he must complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention program.

The Hornets released a statement before Wednesday night's game against Indiana, saying: ''The NBA has informed us of its decision to suspend Jeffery Taylor. We understand and support the NBA's position in this matter.''

The NBA conducted an investigation into Taylor's arrest in an East Lansing, Michigan hotel the morning of Sept. 25 following an altercation with a lady he was having a romantic relationship with.

Taylor and the woman were drinking heavily and a loud argument followed. The argument escalated and Taylor shoved the woman in a violently into the hallway, where she fell to the ground and struck her head on an opposite door.

Taylor also slapped her arm and punched a hole in the wall near his hotel room. The woman had marks on her upper arm and a bump on her head but declined medical treatment, according to the report.

Taylor was arrested and according to reports he was ''belligerent and uncooperative.''

The domestic assault charge will be dismissed if Taylor successfully meets the conditions of his probation. If Taylor fails to meet the conditions of his probation he could be subject to further punishment from the league.