Hornets' Jeffery Taylor won't appeal 24-game suspension by NBA

Hornets' Jeffery Taylor won't appeal 24-game suspension by NBA
Suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffrey Taylor speaks to reporters Monday. (Jeff Siner / Associated Press)

An apologetic Jeffery Taylor said he would not appeal the NBA's 24-game suspension following his guilty plea on domestic violence charges.

The Charlotte Hornets forward addressed the media on Monday and said he takes "full responsibility" for his actions and deemed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's punishment "appropriate."


Taylor apologized to the Hornets organization, his teammates and the woman whom he assaulted at the hotel in East Lansing, Mich., in September. Taylor said he has met with General Manager Rich Cho and addressed his teammates, but has not yet spoken to owner Michael Jordan.

The 25-year-old Taylor said he's "genuinely sorry for everything that happened."

The NBA Players Assn. last week called the suspension "excessive" and said it would support an appeal by Taylor.

Taylor chose not to appeal the suspension, which will cost him nearly $200,000 of his $915,000 salary this season.

"My actions were wrong and I don't care to appeal a decision that was based off my actions being wrong," Taylor said. "So I respect the league's decision on the suspension and I will take all of the necessary steps to make sure nothing like that ever happens again."

Taylor apologized repeatedly to the victim, but would not say if they are still romantically involved.

"There's not a day that doesn't go by that I don't regret what happened and wish I could go back and change everything and make one better decision," Taylor said.


The New Orleans Pelicans said guard Eric Gordon's left shoulder injury will sideline him indefinitely.

Team officials said an MRI exam revealed that Gordon tore his labrum when he separated his shoulder in a collision with Jazz guard Trey Burke on Saturday during a victory in Utah.

Gordon, who missed 115 games with various injuries during his first three seasons in New Orleans, has started all 12 of the Pelicans' games this season, averaging 9.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes per game.