Hornets Jeff Taylor suspended for 24 games after domestic violence arrest

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Ever since Adam Silver took over from David Stern as Commissioner of the National Basketball Association he has received praise for his clamping down on wrong-doers.

After going above and beyond in forcing former Clippers owner Donald Sterling out of the NBA after his racist attacks that were caught on camera, Silver has now clamped down on domestic violence.

Silver has decided to suspend Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games after the former Vanderbilt star was found guilty of domestic violence.

24 Game Ban

Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following lengthy statement on the matter:

"Domestic violence is a serious societal issue that is antithetical to any community or organization that prides itself on the values of respect for others, good moral character, and common decency. These values are central to the NBA, and domestic violence is an issue that is commanding our full attention....

...Based on all the facts and circumstances of this matter, I hereby suspend Mr. Taylor without pay for a period of 24 regular season games. Because Mr. Taylor has been on paid leave from the Hornets since the start of the regular season and has therefore already missed 11 games as of the date of this decision, he will be required to miss an additional 13 games, but will suffer a financial penalty equal to 24 games."

"This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public's confidence in it. 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."

Shoved his Partner

According to Silver's statement, an internal NBA investigation concluded that Taylor shoved the woman, causing her to hit her head on a hotel door. He also punched a hole in a wall.

Taylor has missed the team's first 11 games as the investigation has been ongoing.

The 25-year-old averaged 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 24.2 minutes per game last season after being drafted with the first pick of the second round of the 2012 Draft.

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