Los Angeles, CA – The police union representing Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers sent a letter to National Basketball Association (NBA) officials asking that New Orleans Pelican’s Jaxson Hayes be disciplined for assaulting a police officer.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL), which represents more than 9,000 rank-and-file LAPD officers, sent a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Pelicans’ owner Gayle Benson that asked them to take action against Hayes, TMZ reported.
The incident occurred at about 3:14 a.m. on July 28 when officers responded to a 911 call from Hayes’ residence about a domestic dispute in the 22000-block of Mariano Street, KTLA reported.
Police encountered the 21-year old, six-foot, 11-inch, 220-pound New Orleans Pelicans center in his front yard.
Officers told Hayes that he needed to stay outside while they talked to the victim inside the residence, KTLA reported.
Hayes told police to stay out of the house, and repeatedly tried to enter the home.
LAPPL said in the letter obtained by TMZ that Hayes refused orders, hurled the n-word at officers, and pushed one officer so hard into the wall the “much physically smaller” man was seriously injured.
Pictures obtained by TMZ showed the injured officer’s elbow was swollen, misshapen, and bleeding after the altercation with the NBA player.
The police union told Silver and Benson it believed the cell phone video of the incident showed Hayes assaulted an LAPD officer.
“Mr. Silver, the actions of your player were unlawful, completely unacceptable and are as clear a prima facie case of violating several of the National Basketball Association policies as we have seen,” LAPPL wrote.
“We respectfully request that you immediately initiate a thorough investigation into Mr. Hayes’ actions before, during and after the incident and to take appropriate corrective action to hold Mr. Hayes accountable,” the letter continue.
“The video is clear. Your swift action in this incident is warranted,” the police union added, according to TMZ.
LAPPL also pointed to Hayes’ use of the n-word directed at officer and called it “completely unacceptable.”
The union compared it to when NBA player Meyers Leonard used an anti-Semitic slur during a video game stream in March, TMZ reported.
“We ask you to investigate Mr. Hayes’ use of the ‘N-word’ during the incident, and based on the obvious evidence, hold him accountable for the blatant violation of the NBA’s values of ‘equality, tolerance, inclusion and respect,’” the LAPPL letter read.
The letter ended with the union asking Silver and the NBA to “send an unequivocal message that assaulting police officers will never be tolerated by the NBA,” TMZ reported.
“Given the severity of this incident, we sincerely hope you take decisive action in this case,” the police union wrote.
Hayes was taken to the hospital for treatment before he was booked for resisting arrest, KTLA reported.
He was released two hours later after posting $25,000 bail, ESPN reported.
Hayes is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Jan. 24, 2022.
The woman at the home who was the victim associated with the initial 911 call refused to cooperate with the police investigation into the domestic dispute call, ESPN reported.
On Aug. 3, LAPD Chief Michael Moore announced a probe into the use of force by the officers during Hayes’ arrest, specifically whether they had applied too much force to his neck and had caused him to have trouble breathing, TMZ reported.
The video also showed officers stopping Hayes’ friend from continuing to film his arrest.