Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor pleaded guilty to a domestic violence charge stemming from an incident with a woman in a Michigan hotel in September. It was a misdemeanor. The NBA, in the wake of the PR problems the NFL experienced with Ray Rice’s domestic violence issues, suspended Taylor for 24 games.
The NBA Players Association said the punishment was “excessive and without precedent.” Without precedent is inarguable–the league hadn’t done this before. But excessive is in the eye of the beholder. Taylor had the support of the union in appealing the decision, according to Players Association executive director Michele Roberts. But Taylor has opted to sit out the entire suspension without appeal, sources told Yahoo Sports.