Apr 24, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes (10) gestures after a dunk during the fourth quarter against the San Antonio Spurs at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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The LAPPL have penned a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver to take action against the Pelicans star for how his arrest took place last month.
TMZ Sport reports the Los Angeles Police Protective League that represents a police union representing 9,000 rank and file LAPD officers wrote a detailed letter to the NBA commissioner and also the New Orleans Pelicans owner Gayle Benson.It was all over a July 27th arrest that went awry which the police force states Hayes refused orders, hurled the n-word at officers, and pushed one cop so hard into the wall, the basketball player injured the “much physically smaller” man.“Mr. Silver,” the officers said in the letter, “the actions of your player were unlawful, completely unacceptable and are as clear a prima facie case of violating several of the National Basketball Association policies as we have seen.”“We respectfully request that you immediately initiate a thorough investigation into Mr. Hayes’ actions before, during and after the incident and to take appropriate corrective action to hold Mr. Hayes accountable.”
The police force believers “The video is clear. Your swift action in this incident is warranted.”The union also says in the letter Hayes’ alleged use of the n-word was completely unacceptable … saying it’s on the same level as when NBA player Meyers Leonard used an anti-Semitic slur during a March video game stream.“We ask you to investigate Mr. Hayes’ use of the ‘N-word’ during the incident,” cops said, “and based on the obvious evidence, hold him accountable for the blatant violation of the NBA’s values of ‘equality, tolerance, inclusion and respect.'”LAPPL concluded the letter asking Silver and the NBA to “send an unequivocal message that assaulting police officers will never be tolerated by the NBA.”“Given the severity of this incident, we sincerely hope you take decisive action in this case.”As we previously reported, Hayes was arrested following the altercation with cops … and was booked on a resisting arrest charge.
As of yet, there is no NBA response to the letter concerning the Pelicans star. Stay tuned for more.