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Jeffery Taylor Suspended 24 Games For Domestic Abuse

The NBA has announced on Thursday that it has suspended Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games for domestic abuse. Taylor has not played a game in 2014-15 season yet as he was on a paid leave from the Hornets. Adam Silver made the following announce this morning. Via NBA.com

Based on all the facts and circumstances of this matter, I hereby suspend Mr. Taylor without pay for a period of 24 regular season games. Because Mr. Taylor has been on paid leave from the Hornets since the start of the regular season and has therefore already missed 11 games as of the date of this decision, he will be required to miss an additional 13 games, but will suffer a financial penalty equal to 24 games.

This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it. 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. While the suspension is significantly longer than prior suspensions for incidents of domestic violence by NBA players, it is appropriate in light of Mr. Taylor’s conduct, the need to deter similar conduct going forward, and the evolving social consensus — with which we fully concur — that professional sports leagues like the NBA must respond to such incidents in a more rigorous way.

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