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Swedish NBA star won’t play amid assault probe

Swedish-American Jeffery Taylor of the Charlotte Hornets will not be involved in team activities as the basketball association and police probe the domestic assault charge against him.

Swedish NBA star won't play amid assault probe
Jeffery Taylor in action for Sweden against Russia in 2013. AP Photo

The team, in a statement Friday, did not characterize its action as a suspension, and indicated Taylor agreed to the measure.

"As an organization, we understand and appreciate the seriousness of this matter, and will assist the NBA and law enforcement in any way we can until this comes to an acceptable resolution," the Hornets said.

"We have spoken with Jeffery and his representatives and they fully understand our position."

Taylor was arrested and charged on Thursday in East Lansing, Michigan, just the latest unsavory incident to tarnish the reputation of US sports.

The 25-year-old was arraigned and has been formally charged with one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property, a police statement said.

Authorities did not outline the circumstances of the case, saying only that police were called after a report of domestic assault at an East Lansing hotel at around 1:00 am on Thursday.
 

Taylor, a 25-year-old measuring 201 centimetres, was born in Norrköping in eastern Sweden. He is about to enter his third season in the NBA. He holds dual Swedish and American citizenship

He missed most of last season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in December.

His arrest came just days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league was reviewing its policies on domestic violence in light of the public relations crisis the NFL is facing over its handling of several such cases involving high-profile players.

That included the NFL's clumsy handling of Ravens running back Ray Rice, who knocked his future wife unconscious in a casino elevator in February.

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Sweden suspend NBA star over assault charge

The Swedish Basketball Federation has slapped a one-year ban on suspended Sweden basketball player Jeffery Taylor who holds dual US-Swedish citizenship and is at the centre of a probe into a domestic assault charge in Michigan.

Sweden suspend NBA star over assault charge
Sweden's Jeffery Taylor (14) in action against Turkey in 2013. AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Taylor was arrested and charged in September in East Lansing, Michigan.

The 25-year-old is accused of one count of domestic assault, one count of assault and one count of malicious destruction of property, a police statement said.

"Violence is not part of our sport, whether on the court or outside the court. On that basis, the committee director has decided that Jeffery Taylor will not play for the national team during the 2014-15 season," said the Swedish Basketball Federation's president Hans von Uthmann in a statement.

Authorities did not outline the circumstances of the case, saying only that police were called after a report of domestic assault at an East Lansing hotel early in the morning.

Taylor was about to enter his third season in the NBA, with the Charlotte Hornets.

He has not played an NBA match for the Hornets since his arrest, and is set to face 18 months under surveillance in Sweden and 26 months in a rehabilitation programme, although the NBA and the Charlotte organisation have yet to hand down their official punishment.

The 25-year-old was born in Norrköping in eastern Sweden and has resided in the US since 2006. 

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