Swedish basketball star Taylor receives record long ban
Swedish basketball player Jeff Taylor who pleaded guilty in a US court last month to domestic violence charges has received a record-long suspension from the NBA.
Charlotte Hornets forward Taylor, who was sentenced to 18 months probation after he admitted to pushing his girlfriend and to malicious destruction of property at a hotel in the US, has been suspended for 24 matches without pay. The 11 games he has already missed are included in the suspension, and he will now sit out an additional 13 games.
"This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public's confidence in it," NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN on Wednesday. "Mr. Taylor's conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA."
Taylor, 25, is in his third season with the Charlotte Hornets and is from the town of Norrköping in Sweden, but lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. On Wednesday, the Swedish Basketball Federation announced that Taylor will not play for the national team during the 2014/2015 season.