Former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor was arrested last night after a shooting incident in his home outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. According to ESPN, he has been charged with two felonies, first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault after shooting his cousin multiple times.
Taylor has been granted permission to train out of state, and travel for his upcoming fight in October against Sam Soliman. Initial reports were that his out of the blue title shot against Soliman would be cancelled. Now though it at least appears that he’ll be able to continue towards that opportunity.
More details on Jermain Taylor’s arrest from the ESPN.com article:
The police responded to a 911 call from Taylor’s wife, Erica, at around 7 p.m. ET.
“Mr. Taylor’s cousin and another individual came to his residence, and there was some sort of altercation,” Minden said, adding that the two who showed up at Taylor’s home were unarmed.
“At some point, Mr. Taylor retrieved a handgun and fired several rounds. His cousin was struck multiple times. The cousin is alive and in serious condition at an area hospital. He has pretty serious injuries. The other person was not struck, but Mr. Taylor had fired several rounds and missed.”
It’s hard to know what to make out of all of this, and everyone who has known Taylor over the years would certainly find this to be incredibly unexpected. We don’t want to randomly speculate about anything, so we’ll just leave it at that for now.
We’ll see if Taylor or his team makes a statement over the coming days or if any other details are released.