Jeffrey Taylor suffered through a horrible, terrible, no-good, very bad Thursday.
Police in East Lansing, Michigan, arrested the Charlotte Hornets forward on domestic violence and other charges early Thursday morning. He made bail. At 7:29 p.m. on Thursday, the East Lansing cops arrested him for malicious destruction of property. The authorities released the one-man crime wave at 9:00 p.m. The final three hours of Thursday passed without any criminal activity detected on Taylor’s part.
“The Charlotte Hornets were made aware of the incident involving Jeffery Taylor early this evening,” the team explained in a statement. “The organization is in the process of gathering more information and doing our due diligence. This is a matter that we take very seriously.”
Which “matter” do they take seriously? The arrest in the morning or the one in the evening?
The NBA’s collective-bargaining agreement mandates a 10-game suspension for domestic violence convictions (there’s nothing in there about malicious destruction of property). So, unlike NFL players Ray Rice and Jonathan Dwyer, the NBA bench player merely accused of domestic violence remains on the team and not suspended. The whole “gathering more information” bit, still operable for NBA teams, has been retired for NFL use.
Taylor, a native of Sweden, played in high school in New Mexico and at Vanderbilt in college. It’s unclear why the well-traveled forward traveled to East Lansing. Tourists planning criminal junkets generally prefer Flint, Detroit, or even Inkster.
In two seasons with the team, the swingman has averaged 6.6 points and 2 rebounds per game. Taylor sat out most of the 2013-2014 campaign with an injury.