Alabama DT Taylor arrested on domestic violence charges
It hasn’t been a great weekend for the Alabama football program.
Less than 24 hours after safety Geno Smith was arrested and charged with driving under the influence — missing Saturday’s practice in a Tuscaloosa jail as a result — yet another member of the Tide defense has been arrested.
Defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor, a junior college transfer with a troubled past dating back to his days as a Georgia Bulldog, was arrested Saturday evening on domestic violence charges, according to an AL.com report. Taylor was reportedly charged with domestic violence third degree assault and domestic violence third degree criminal mischief by Tuscaloosa police.
An incident report by the Tuscaloosa Police Department cited in the AL.com article states the incident occurred around 6 p.m. Saturday evening. A 24-year old female victim suffered minor injuries to her neck and there was a hole punched through a closet door at the scene.
Taylor has a history of violence and other off-field troubles. He began his career at Georgia as a four-star recruit in 2012, but was dismissed last July when he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault and family violence. That incident involved Taylor choking and then striking his then-girlfriend. He was also arrested last March for double-cashing his meal reimbursement checks.
He spent last season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss., and was granted a second chance at a career in the SEC by Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 335-pound giant, has only been enrolled at Alabama since January.
It remains to be seen how Alabama, or the legal system, will handle Taylor’s situation, but it does not appear his future is bright.
Update (Mar. 29, 9:43 a.m. ET): The University of Alabama formally released a statement regarding Taylor’s most recent arrest.
UA released a statement late last night on Jonathan Taylor. "UA is aware of the incident. The student has been referred to judicial affairs"
— Matt Zenitz (@mzenitz) March 29, 2015