Hornets forward Jeff Taylor was arrested Thursday morning.
According to WCNC.com, Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor was arrested Thursday morning in Michigan on domestic assault charges. Taylor was placed under arrest at the Lansing Marriott at University Place around 1 a.m. Taylor is being charged with domestic assault, assault and malicious destruction of property. Taylor is facing up to a year in jail.
Taylor pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his bond was set at $5,000.
Police report that Taylor assaulted his girlfriend, a Michigan State University student, and a hotel employee at the Marriott. It is reported that Taylor caused between $200 and $1,000 in damage to the hotel. Taylor is expected to appear in court on October 8th for a pre-trial hearing.
On Friday afternoon, the Charlotte Hornets issued a statement regarding the incident.
We have informed Jeffery Taylor that effective immediately he will not be participating in any team-related activities while the NBA is investigating his conduct in this matter. As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution. We have spoken with Jeffery and his representatives and they fully understand our position.
Jeff Taylor appeared in 26 games for the Charlotte Hornets last season, averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Taylor’s season was cut short after he ruptured his achilles tendon during Charlotte’s game against the Detroit Pistons in December.