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Conflicting reports lead to doubts about reported second arrest of Hornets’ Jeff Taylor

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Thursday nights reports started to hit the Internet that Charlotte Hornet swingman Jeff Taylor was arrested for a second time in 24 hours, but an attempt to confirm the details of this second arrest leave a lot of room for doubt.

Here is what we know for sure: Taylor was arrested early Thursday morning in East Lansing, Michigan, on a domestic assault charge at a local hotel. This was the first (or maybe only) arrest. Part of that was a second charge of malicious destruction of property.

The Ingham County jail confirmed to ProBasketballTalk what NBC affiliate WILX had previously reported — that Taylor was arrested and brought to them for the second time in one day, that he arrived in their facility at 7:30 p.m. and was released on bond just before 9 p.m. They say he was arrested on a malicious destruction of a building charge, although WILX says it was for less than $200 in damage. The address for this arrest given by WILX is about a mile from the hotel where the first arrest took place.

However, the East Lansing Police Department says there was no second arrest. They confirmed to PBT there was no second contact with Taylor after the first arrest early Thursday morning. The Lansing Police Department said the same thing to other news outlets, that they had no arrest record.

With the second charge of the original arrest (malicious destruction of property) being so close to what the second arrest allegedly was for (malicious destruction of a building) it seems as if it is possible this is a mix up at the jail.

It’s just not clear, but police departments tend to know who they arrest.

Meanwhile, both the Hornets and NBA league office are investigating the situation of the first arrest on domestic assault charges.

The Hornets released this statement on Taylor’s first arrest:

“The organization is in the process of gathering more information and doing our due diligence. This is a matter that we take very seriously.”

Taylor missed most of last season after a ruptured Achilles tendon, but he was expected to be back and ready to go when training camp opened next week. He was going to be fighting for minutes on the wing, but he’s got much bigger issues in front of him now.

New book says Sarah Palin had one night stand with Glen Rice.

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There’s a new biography of miss “Paul Revere warned the British” herself Sarah Palin coming out soon, written by Joe McGinniss. Which I am not going to read. Not even for laughs.

But fortunately the people over at the National Enquirer did and reported back on it… of course nobody at PBT reads the National Enquirer either. But the fine people at Deadspin do, fortunately for us.

Because the biography said the woman championing family values had a one night stand with Glen Rice back in 1987. Here is the money graphs from the Enquirer:

In the book, which will be published on September 20th, McGinniss claims Sarah had a steamy interracial hookup with basketball stud Glen Rice less than a year before she eloped with her husband Todd.

Sarah hooked up with the NBA great, then a 6-foot-8 junior at the University of Michigan when he was playing in a college basketball tournament in Alaska in 1987, the book says. At the time, Sarah, just out of college, was working as a sports reporter for the Anchorage TV station KTUU.

A publishing source told The ENQUIRER that McGinniss claims Sarah had a “fetish” for black men at the time and he quotes a friend as saying Sarah had “hauled (Rice’s) ass down.”

Apparently Rice confirmed the story to the author, but this is the Enquirer quoting a bio out to paint a harsh picture of Palin, so use salt as desired. Also, we beg to differ with the for calling Rice an NBA great (sweet stroke, though).

All that said, she’s pretty attractive and probably was more so then… but still, eww. Just eww. That woman creeps me out.

Coach K stirs up Duke vs. Fab 5 issue again. Ugh.

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Grant Hill and Jalen Rose hugged it out. Or talked it out. Or tweeted it out. So finally we can put this whole Fab 5 vs. Duke thing to bed….

Then here comes Mike Krzyzewski. Like your grandfather that just heard about this Lady Gaga person and wants to tell you she can’t sing, he decided Tuesday to jump in and comment on Rose saying Duke didn’t recruit black people like him when Krzyzewski was on the radio Tuesday (as transcribed by ESPN Chicago).

“Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students,” Krzyzewski said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago Tuesday. “When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that’s just the wrong thing to do….

“We were very successful against them and, to be quite frank with you, we recruited Chris Webber,” he said. “I didn’t recruit Jalen Rose because we had Grant Hill and I’m happy with that. We didn’t look at the other, Juwan Howard [because] we knew he wasn’t going to come to Duke. The other two kids we didn’t think were the caliber that could play as well as Thomas Hill and Brian Davis and Billy McCaffery. They’re good kids. They were good kids….

“They had a heck of a run but, they didn’t leave anything, they didn’t establish anything there,” Krzyzewski said. “The guys that I had established something that Jay Williams continued to do 10 years later — the standards of what it meant to be a Duke basketball player.”

Really? Coach K, if you’re not going to add anything new to the conversation at this point, please let it die. And you didn’t add.

Again, the Fab 5 documentary ESPN did was interesting but not exactly balanced (what the Fab 5 did in terms of culture and style really was just building on what the teams at UNLV had done immediately before them, which built on what Georgetown had done in the 1980s). Rose has said his comments were how he saw the world at 17. Everyone has hashed this all out to death.

We’re done here. Move on. That includes you, Coach K.

Michigan Wolverines recruiting strategy:Get relatives of former NBA players

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Take a look at the roster of the Michigan Wolverines basketball team. The Big Lead did and it is interesting.

You have Jordan Dumars, son of the legendary Bad Boy Piston Joe Dumars. There is Tim Hardaway Jr., who is the son of… if I have to explain that to you, your problems have gotten very serious and you should look into getting professional help. They have Jon Horford, younger brother of the Hawks Al Horford.

And yesterday Glenn Robinson Jr. — the son of the Big Dog — committed to the school.

That has to be a recruiting strategy, right? It can’t be coincidence that relatives of that many current and former NBA players are at Michigan, can it?

Now, if they can recruit Austin Rivers, they will have something.