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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

Dwight Howard Under Investigation For Hitting Six-Year-Old Son With Belt

Dwight Howard is under investigation by authorities in Georgia in regards to allegedly hitting his six-year-old son with a belt, according to multiple reports.

Howard admitted, according to TMZ, to hitting his son with the buckle of his belt, leaving bruises and abrasions on his legs.

Howard has not been charged or arrested.

The NFL suspended Adrian Peterson for the rest of the season this week after he pled a child abuse case.

Via Ethan Rothstein/The Dream Shake

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

Ronnie Price Suspended One Game By NBA For Hit To Rivers' Head

Ronnie Price was suspended one game for hitting Austin Rivers on the side of the head, the NBA announced on Thursday.

The incident occured in the New Orleans Pelicans' win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Darrell Arthur Suspended One Game By NBA For Shove On Dion Waiters

Darrell Arthur has been suspended one game without pay for shoving Dion Waiters in the back as he elevated for a layup on Friday night, the NBA announced Saturday.

The incident occurred in the Cleveland Cavaliers' win over the Denver Nuggets.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jeff Taylor Sentenced To 18 Months Probation, Treatment For Alcohol

Jeff Taylor has been sentenced to 18 months probation in connection with a domestic violence conviction.

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.

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.

Via Cleve R. Wootson Jr./Charlotte Observer
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