Pelicans’ Jaxson Hayes Formally Charged With 12 Misdemeanors
New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes was formally charged with domestic violence, resisting arrest and battery against a police officer stemming from his Los Angeles arrest last summer.
Hayes’ total charge count is 12 misdemeanors, including three counts of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse, two counts of domestic battery, one count of battery against an officer, one count of false imprisonment, three counts of vandalism, one count of aggravated trespassing and one count of resisting arrest.
The 21-year-old was charged on January 20 and arraigned on Monday morning.
“Since before the charges were filed, the Pelicans have worked in conjunction with the NBA on the matter and will continue to do so moving forward,” the team said in a statement.
Hayes was arrested in the early morning hours of July 28, 2021, after Los Angeles police officers were called to the house of his then-girlfriend. The LAPD said Hayes met officers in the front yard of the residence.
However, when they informed Hayes that they needed to speak with someone inside the residence, he tried to prevent that and was eventually tased.
The LAPD’s Force Investigation Division is also looking into the case due to the force used against Hayes’ neck during the arrest.
Hayes played in 33 games this season and averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds.