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Jeff Taylor Won't Appeal 24-Game Suspension

Jeff Taylor will not appeal his 24-game suspension on a domestic violence incident despite the backing of the players' union.

National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts ripped NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s punishment as “excessive and without precedent” in a statement on Thursday. The union was eager to challenge the NBA on the severity of the suspension based on the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Taylor and his agent chose to accept the suspension and sit the remaining 13 games until he can return to the lineup.


Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

NBPA Prepared To Appeal Jeff Taylor's Suspension

The National Basketball Players Association announced that it is prepared to file an appeal on behalf of Jeff Taylor in regards to his 24-game suspension for domestic violence.

Michele Roberts called the suspension "excessive, without precedent and a violation of the CBA."

Taylor's suspension would cost him $199,689 of his $915,000 salary.

"The Commissioner is not entitled to rewrite the rules or otherwise ignore precedent in disciplinary matters."

Taylor pled to a misdemeanor charge that will be dismissed at the end of his probationary period.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jeffery Taylor Suspended 24 Games By NBA For Pleading Guilty To Domestic Assault

Jeffery Taylor has been suspended 24 games by the NBA due to his guilty plea to domestic assault charges in September, the league announced on Wednesday.

Taylor had been removed from all Charlotte Hornets' basketball activities.

A 24-game suspension in the NBA is roughtly the equivalent of 4.7 NFL games.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Lance Stephenson Expects To Get Booed From Pacers Crowd In Return

Lance Stephenson has already visualized the scene when his name is introduced in front of the Indiana Pacers' home crowd on Wednesday.

Stephenson expects to receive boos from the crowd after leaving the Pacers as an unrestricted free agent to sign a three-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets.

"Honestly," Stephenson said. "I think I'm going to get booed."

Stephenson's father, Lance Stephenson Sr., maintains that leaving the Pacers was not the plan heading into free agency in the offseason.

"It was definitely a tough decision to leave but it almost was like we had no choice, to me. The next day, they signed CJ Miles so it was over from that point on," Stephenson's father said. "It was tough. It wasn't like, 'Eff, the Pacers!' It was tough to leave. I didn't think it would happen. Before free agency, if you asked me where Lance was going to be, I would've said, 'He's going to be a Pacer for life.' That was one of our goals. I'm a firm believer in sticking with the team you got drafted by."

Via Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Assault Charges Dropped Against P.J. Hairston

District Attorney Roger Echols dropped misdemeanor assault charges Thursday against P.J. Hairston.

The charges stemmed from the alleged assault in July on a Northern High School student during a game of pickup basketball at the downtown Durham YMCA.

Echols said he dropped the charge of simple assault and battery at the request of Kentrell Barkley, who claimed Hairston punched him in the face during the game.

Via Keith Upchurch/Herald Sun

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Diagnosed With Stress Reaction In Foot

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has been diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot and will miss the remaining two games on the Charlotte Hornets' road trip, the team announced.

Kidd-Gilchrist will be re-evaluated in Charlotte and a recovery timeline will be determined at that time.

In six games this season, Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 9.8 points on .625 shooting from the field, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 23.3 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Steve Clifford Looking For Better Play, Organization From Lance Stephenson

Lance Stephenson was benched for the entire fourth quarter of the Charlotte Hornets' loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.

Steve Clifford was cleared frustrated some by Stephenson's play.

"I went with the team that was playing the best,” Clifford said, several times pounding the table with his right hand for emphasis. “I’m going to coach to win. He just didn’t play very well. Look, he’s trying to find his rhythm. But we’ve got to be organized.”

Stephenson has shot 4-of-18 in the Hornets' first two games.

“I am frustrated, but that’s part of being a pro,” Stephenson said. “Just learning from your mistakes and getting better every time.”

Via Scott Fowler/Charlotte Observer
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