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Hornets’ Jeff Taylor pleads guilty to domestic violence charge

Jeff Taylor mug

There will be no trial. But soon it will fall on the team and the league to act.

Third-year Hornets player Jeff Taylor pled guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence charge and a charge of malicious destruction of property in relation to his arrest in Michigan in September. WILX television in Lansing, MI, where the incident occurred has the details.

Taylor faces a potential 93 days in jail and $500 fine. The prosecutor told Judge Andrea Larkin they would not object to her allowing Jeff Taylor to participate in a probation diversion program, which could lead to the domestic assault charge being removed from his legal record.

In court the 25-year-old Taylor said that he pushed his girlfriend into the wall at the Marriott Hotel in East Lansing, and the hotel room wall was damaged. Police were called to the hotel at about 1 o’clock in the morning on September 25th and arrested Taylor.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

The day after the incident the Hornets banned him from all team activities until the legal case was resolved. He did not participate in any of training camp or the team’s preseason games. The Hornets open the season Wednesday night

Which means the league and the team soon will need to deal with the next step. which likely will involve a suspension. The league could wait for the sentencing or make its decision sooner. However, in the wake of the Ray Rice case in the NFL expect the league to take some kind of action.