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March 8, 2015 Updates

Taylor, 25, will likely always be associated with the night of Sept. 25, but he said he does not want that to define him. The NBA mandated that Taylor, who police reported was inebriated at the time of the incident, enter an outpatient alcohol program. The league was stern with its punishment and Taylor accepted his fate. “I just want to go on with what I love to do, and that’s play basketball,” he said. “I’m blessed to be able to wake up every day and play basketball, so that’s all I want to focus on, that and being happy. I’m alive.” Boston Globe

Taylor said he is trying to become a better person. “You grow stronger as a person and adversity builds character,” he said. “You learn that with faith and having the right people around you and your own personal strength, there’s not a lot you can’t overcome. It’s definitely a high-pressure job [playing in the NBA], you’re expected to perform every night. You have all the other stuff that doesn’t concern basketball that you have to deal with as well, it’s a lot. But we’re definitely all blessed to play basketball for a living and do what we love for a living. I don’t think anybody sees it as something that is hard to deal with. It comes with the territory.” Boston Globe

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December 28, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has assigned forward Jeffery Taylor to the Austin Spurs of the NBA D-League, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule. The flexible assignment rule was used because the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Hornets’ D-League affiliate, had two NBA “wing” players on assignment at the time the Hornets initiated Taylor’s assignment to the D-League. “As with Noah’s situation, we think that Jeffery will benefit greatly by getting additional game action,” Cho said. “Our depth at the wing position has limited his minutes and this D-League assignment will allow him to get some valuable playing time.” Taylor, a 6-7 forward in his third season in Charlotte, has seen action in three games for the Hornets this season, averaging 1.0 point and 1.3 rebounds in 6.0 minutes. He missed the season’s first 24 contests due to an NBA suspension. NBA.com

December 19, 2014 Updates
December 16, 2014 Updates

The 24-game NBA suspension Charlotte Hornets small forward Jeff Taylor received, after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor domestic-violence charge in Michigan, expired with Monday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. That doesn’t mean Taylor will necessarily be on the court with the Hornets anytime soon. Hornets coach Steve Clifford was asked Tuesday about Taylor’s situation. He said he didn’t anticipate Taylor being on the active roster immediately for a number of factors. Charlotte Observer

November 25, 2014 Updates

Hornets Forward Jeff Taylor wanted to make sure he let everyone know how he felt about what happened last September, so before anyone could ask a question Monday at his press conference, he apologized. "I'd just like to apologize to the young woman involved in the incident on September 25. She's a person that I genuinely care about a lot. I've known her for a long time, and I'm genuinely sorry for what happened," Taylor said. WCNC.com

Taylor chose not to appeal his 24 game suspension, which will cost him roughly $200,000. "My actions were wrong, and I don't care to appeal a decision that was based off my actions being wrong," Taylor said, "So, I respect the league's decision on the suspension, and I will take all of the necessary steps to make sure nothing like that ever happens again." WCNC.com

He went on to say there's not a day that goes by that he doesn't regret what happened and wishes he could go back and change everything and make one better decision. "I feel a lot of sorrow. I hurt somebody who I care about a lot. I hurt my family, I hurt people I've known in the past, anybody I had any kind of relationship with. I know I disappointed a whole lot of people." WCNC.com

November 24, 2014 Updates
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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. Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: Despite union’s willingness, Charlotte’s Jeff Taylor will not appeal 24 game suspension for domestic incident, league sources told Yahoo. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Roberts said the union is prepared to file an appeal on Taylor's behalf. The second-year player pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property stemming from an incident in East Lansing, Mich., in late September. "The CBA contemplates a minimum 10-game suspension in any case involving a conviction for a violent felony, including domestic violence," Roberts said in her statement. "In contrast, Jeff Taylor was charged with a misdemeanor that is likely to be dismissed at the end of a probationary period. The 24-game suspension is one of the longest in the history of the league. USA Today Sports

"We have a scheme of discipline that was the result of collective bargaining between the parties that has been applied consistently over the years. While we appreciate the sensitivity of this societal issue, the Commissioner is not entitled to rewrite the rules or otherwise ignore precedent in disciplinary matters. While ultimately this is Jeff's decision, we stand ready to file an immediate appeal on his behalf." Roberts' statement was in response to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's announcement of Taylor's suspension Wednesday, after Taylor's plea Oct. 30. USA Today Sports

November 20, 2014 Updates

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