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NBA’s Jaxson Hayes Gets Probation For Fighting Police Responding To Domestic Complaint

Los Angeles, CA – New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes was sentenced to three years of probation, community service, and domestic violence classes in connection with his much-publicized arrest during which he fought with Los Angeles police last summer.

Hayes, 22, pleaded no contest on Feb. 24 to misdemeanor false imprisonment and resisting an officer, ESPN reported.

On June 14, a judge sentenced the National Basketball Association (NBA) player to three years of supervised probation, 450 hours of community service, and a year of attendance at weekly classes about domestic violence.

Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office spokesman Rob Wilcox Hayes will be allowed to perform the community service where he lives rather than in Los Angeles, ESPN reported.

Hayes has elected to take the domestic violence classes online, according to Wilcox.

Wilcox said Hayes will also be ordered to pay restitution, but the amount has yet to be determined, ESPN reported.

Bodycam video showed what happened at about 3:14 a.m. on July 28, 2021 when officers responded to a 911 call about a domestic dispute at Hayes’ residence in the 22000-block of Mariano Street, TMZ reported.

A woman had called 911 for help for her cousin who had sent “disturbing” texts from Hayes’ home.

The woman said her cousin claimed Hayes was “getting loud and violent” but she was “scared and couldn’t call the police herself,” TMZ reported.

The video showed LAPD officers encountered the then-21-year-old, six-foot, 11-inch, 220-pound New Orleans Pelicans center in his front yard and asked him to wait outside while they went in to check on the person inside.

Bodycam video showed Hayes told the officers they needed a warrant, and they explained to him that under the circumstances, they did not.

“You’re not going to kick me outta my house, bro,” Hayes told officers in the video.

Hayes’ friend who was at the house when the altercation occurred tried to talk his friend out of tangling with the police.

The video showed he got behind Jaxson and wrapped his arms around him as if to hold him back from attacking the police.

At the same time, the friend begged officers not to touch Hayes.

Bodycam video showed the officer radioed dispatch and requested backup at Hayes’ home as the situation continued to escalate.

The video showed Hayes pulled away from his friend and made a move to go into his home, and officers stopped him.

When officers tried to handcuff the basketball player, he pulled away and shoved one of the officers up against the wall, the bodycam showed.

“Put out a help call,” one of the officers told another in the video.

Officers then wrestled Hayes to the ground while his friend yelled at him to stop fighting police.

“Stop resisting or I’m gonna tase you,” an officer told Hayes in the video multiple times.

A woman came out of the house and started screaming off camera.

At one point, when officers had Hayes down on the ground, he complained that he couldn’t breathe, and one officer told another to get his knee off him, the video showed.

As soon as the officer took his knee off the basketball player, Hayes sat up and started screaming about wanting badge numbers as he continued to resist arrest.

That’s when an officer deployed his Taser and took Hayes down to the ground so he could be placed in handcuffs, the video showed.

Bodycam showed that police tased Hayes twice while they struggled to take him into custody.

Hayes’ friend filmed the incident on his cell phone and posted it to social media along with claims of police brutality.

But after the bodycam was released, Hayes found himself on the hot seat.

On Jan. 20, the 21-year-old professional basketball player was charged with 12 misdemeanors that included domestic violence, resisting arrest, and battery against a police officer in connection with that incident, TMZ reported.

Hayes played in 70 games for the Pelicans last season and started in 28 of them, averaging 9.3 points and 4.5 rebounds, ESPN reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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