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Commission: Police officer violated policy by kneeling on neck of Pelicans’ Jaxson Hayes

New Orleans Pelicans big Jaxson Hayes

SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 5: Jaxson Hayes #10 of the New Orleans Pelicans talks to media after defeating the Sacramento Kings on April 5, 2022 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

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New Orleans Pelicans big Jaxson Hayes was sentenced on misdemeanor charges after scuffling with police officers responding to a domestic-violence call.

Of course, that doesn’t mean police acted properly in last year’s incident in Los Angeles .

Libor Jany of the Los Angeles Times:

An LAPD sergeant violated department policy by kneeling on the neck of NBA player Jaxson Hayes while arresting him in response to a call about a domestic dispute last July, the Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday.

After Hayes, a 6-foot-11 center for the New Orleans Pelicans, was taken to the ground by police outside a Woodland Hills home, Sgt. Darren Holst began kneeling on his neck.


Bodycam footage showed the incident: