Hornets’ Taylor Talks

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CHARLOTTE, NC — Hornets’ forward Jeff Taylor broke his silence today apologizing to the woman he assaulted, his family and his team.

Taylor is taking full responsibility for what happened at a Michigan hotel in September, and will not contest a 24-game suspension.

“My actions were wrong,” said Taylor. “I take full responsibility for what happened, and I’m genuinely sorry for it.”

Jeff Taylor was soft-spoken and remorseful. He’s taking the NBA’s 24-game suspension without appeal.

“My actions were wrong,” said Taylor. “You know I don’t care to appeal a decision that is based off of my actions being wrong.”

Domestic violence has taken center stage in the sports world with NFL player Ray Rice’s assault of this then fiance in an elevator, and Carolina Panther Greg Hardy’s domestic violence conviction. The NBA Player’s Association says Taylor’s suspension is too severe.

Taylor says he’ll own what he did.

“I hurt somebody that I care about a lot,” said Taylor. “I hurt my family. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t regret what happened, that I don’t wish I could go back in that moment and change everything. Make one better decision and I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.”

Meeting with the media is just part of this process, as Jeff Taylor looks to rejoin his team and rehabilitate his public image.

Taylor’s suspension will cost him nearly $200,000. The NBA ordered him to enter an alcohol treatment program, get counseling and perform 80 hours of community service.  

Taylor says he is taking the steps to make sure this never happens again.

“Basketball at the end of the day was not the most important part,” said Taylor.

Taylor is eligible to return December 17th against Phoenix. He says he has talked with Hornets’ general manager Rich Cho, but has yet to meet with team owner Michael Jordan.