There are still not many details on what exactly happened, but we do know Charlotte Hornets’ swingman Jeff Taylor is set to be in court in a couple weeks to face domestic violence charges — after training camp has already opened.
Taylor was arrested at 1 a.m. Thursday morning and now has been charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. He has an Oct. 8 pretrial hearing date set on these charges, Ingham County prosecutor Stuart Dunnings announced Friday, as reported by the Associated Press. (That pretrial date could be moved, it often is.) Taylor has yet to hire an attorney for the case, according to the report.
In the wake of that, the Charlotte Hornets cancelled a planned media luncheon with coach Steve Clifford that had been set for Friday. Clifford will be looking into the Taylor situation, according to the team. However, the team media day is Monday with the Hornets opening training camp on Tuesday. As of this writing it is unclear if Taylor will be with the team at that time.
Prosecutors allege in court documents the Charlotte, North Carolina resident assaulted his girlfriend and a hotel employee at the East Lansing Marriott at University Place at the corner of Albert Street and M.A.C. Avenue. Taylor also allegedly caused between $200 and $1,000 in damage to hotel property.
Taylor is not from nor did he attend college in the East Lansing area. He was released on a $5,000 bond because he has no ties to the area, according to the court reports. While there had been reports of a second arrest, that turns out to apparently not be the case.
An NBA spokesman told ProBasketballTalk the league is aware of the charges against Taylor and is investigating. Earlier this week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had said he planned to review and likely update the league’s domestic violence policies (in the wake of the NFL’s PR disaster).
The Hornets released this statement on Taylor’s 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.”