What to Know
- The Los Angeles police are investigating a report of a domestic dispute.
- Hayes was arrested and booked on suspicion of resisting arrest, police said.
- He was released on $25,000 bond, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes was facing a possible charge of resisting arrest Thursday after an "altercation" with Los Angeles police investigating a report of a domestic dispute.
The incident occurred about 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, when officers went to the 22000 block of Mariano Street on a call of a domestic dispute, according to the Los Angles Police Department.
"Officers made contact with a male, later identified as 21-year old Jaxson Hayes, in the front yard of a residence," an LAPD statement said. "It was later determined that Hayes is (a) professional basketball player for the National Basketball Association. Officers informed Hayes they received a call at the location and needed to speak with the victim, but requested Hayes remain outside while they did so.
"Body worn video captured Hayes repeatedly attempting to enter the residence despite officers blocking his path and verbal commands for him to remain outside," police said. "Officers requested a backup and they attempted to place Hayes' hands behind his back; however, Hayes broke free of the officers' grasp and pushed one of the officers into a wall."
Officers then forced Hayes to the ground, police said.
"Once on the ground, Hayes attempted to get up and continued resisting officers," police said. "Officers utilized two deployments of the taser, as well as body weight and physical force during the altercation, which lasted for approximately two and a half minutes before officers were able to handcuff Hayes."
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Hayes was arrested and booked on suspicion of resisting arrest, police said. Before he was booked, he received medical treatment at a hospital for injuries suffered during the altercation and was medically cleared for booking at the Van Nuys Jail, police said. He was released on $25,000 bond, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
An officer suffered an injury, and was treated at a hospital and released, according to police.
Attorney Larry Hanna, who represents all of the officers involved, issued a statement saying:
"I'm very concerned that one of my clients was hurt very badly, while he was responding to help somebody in a domestic violence call. He was pushed violently against a wall, and blood from the officer’s head was left on the wall at the impact.
"The officers were only there because they had a call of domestic violence, and they had to make sure everybody in the house was safe. Young people look up to NBA players and this type of behavior should not be tolerated."
"There was a female at the location who declined to cooperate with officers' investigation into the original domestic dispute call," according to police, who did not release other details.
The Pelicans organization said they're aware of the incident and are working with Hayes' reps and the NBA to get more information.