NBA Player Jaxson Hayes Charged With 12 Counts Including Battery of LAPD Officer

New Orleans Pelicans Play Jaxson Hayes. (Credit:

New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes has been charged with a dozen misdemeanor counts including domestic violence, resisting arrest and battery of a police officer following his July arrest in Los Angeles.

On Monday, the L.A. city attorney’s office formally charged the 21-year-old with five counts of abusing a spouse or co-habitant, one count of resisting arrest, one count of battery against an LAPD officer, three counts of vandalism, one count of false imprisonment and one count of trespassing, the Los Angeles Times reports.

As previously reported, police officers were called to a residence in the 22000 block of Mariano Street in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of L.A. following a report that the NBA player was getting “loud and violent” with his girlfriend.

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Hayes asked police officers for a warrant to enter the home, leading to a scuffle with officers.

Officers told Hayes he would be tased if he resisted being handcuffed. Hayes was then tased twice — once on his chest and once on his buttocks — before being put into handcuffs.

He was treated at a local hospital before he was medically cleared, taken to the Van Nuys Jail, and booked for resisting arrest.

In August, the LAPD launched an ongoing investigation into whether officers used excessive force during the arrest. 

Although published reports at the time said the incident took place at Hayes’ home, it was actually at the victim’s property, LAPD spokeswoman Norma Eisenman clarified Monday. 

Hayes is still playing for the Pelicans after he was released on bail last year. No warrant has been issued for his arrest, city attorney’s office spokesperson Rob Wilcox said.

“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 to ESPN.

Hayes is due in court on Feb. 15.