Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor said at least seven times during a meeting with reporters Monday that he was sorry and takes full responsibility for the domestic violence charges he pleaded guilty to last month.
Taylor was given 18-months probation for misdemeanor assault and damage to property charges. As part of his probation, he must complete a batterer's treatment program.
Taylor said he wanted to apologize first to the young woman whom he assaulted. Taylor said she is someone he has "cared about a lot." He also apologized to the Hornets organization and community.
"I take full responsibility for everything that happened and I respect the Commissioner's decision on punishment," he said. Taylor has been suspended 24 games. He has the right to appeal, but has said he will not.
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't regret what happened, that I don't wish I could go back in that moment and change everything and make one better decision," he said.
When asked whether he still has a romantic relationship with the woman involved, Taylor did not answer.
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