Vanderbilt alum Jeffery Taylor has already missed 11 games this season after being arrested for suspicion of domestic assault back in September. He'll miss 13 more after pleading guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver handed down the punishment on Wednesday. He consulted with several domestic violence experts before handing the second-year pro a 24-game suspension. Taylor was also sentenced to 18 months of probation. He'll have to complete 26 weeks of a domestic violence intervention program, 80 hours of community service, and have his alcohol intake monitored for 60 days in order to have his charge dismissed.
Silver laid out the formula by which Taylor can redeem himself. The third-year player was primed for a big season after suffering a torn Achilles tendon midway through the 2013-14 season. His major lack of judgment derailed those prospect before they could even begin.
Taylor will be eligible to return to the Hornets on Wednesday, December 17th against the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 8.0 points per game in his sophomore season in the NBA.