Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 27
Dan Rafael of ESPN has the latest on Taylor:
Taylor appeared via video from the Pulaski County jail for an initial appearance Wednesday. District Judge Wayne Gruber set bail at $25,000 and granted a defense request for Taylor to travel out of state to train and compete in a bout against Sam Soliman in October.
Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has reportedly been arrested on charges stemming from the shooting of his cousin, per The Associated Press, via USA Today. The charges included first-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault:
The shooting was reported shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor's home in Maumelle, said Lt. Carl Minden of the Pulaski County (Ark.) Sheriff's Office. Minden said Taylor's wife called 911 to report an intruder and that the person who was shot was found at a store several blocks from the home.
ESPN.com's Dan Rafael spoke with authorities in Little Rock, who confirmed that Taylor is in custody on suspicion of shooting his cousin:
Just got off phone w/ police in Little Rock. Jermain Taylor in custody on 2 felonies, including, they say, shooting cousin multiple times.— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) August 27, 2014
Aaron Nolan of KARK 4 and Fox 16 in Little Rock posted Taylor's mugshot:
As Nolan also pointed out, the timing of the arrest couldn't be much worse for the 36-year-old in terms of his in-ring career. He's fighting Sam Soliman for the IBF middleweight title on Oct. 8:
With a belt on the line in just a few weeks, it's hard to believe boxer Jermain Taylor is now arrested after shooting his cousin. #arnews— Aaron Nolan (@a_nolan) August 27, 2014
Obviously, it's way too early to discuss whether that fight will have to be postponed or possibly canceled altogether.
Taylor is one of the more decorated middleweight boxers of the 21st century. Over a 13-year career to this point, he's compiled a 32-4-1 record, according to BoxRec. His wins over Bernard Hopkins in 2005 help to put him on the map.
Then in 2007 and '08, Taylor suffered back-to-back losses to Kelly Pavlik and subsequently lost four fights in a five-bout span. His career has never quite recovered. Fighting Soliman was a chance for Taylor to regain a world title and become a household name in boxing again.
This arrest throws all of those plans into disarray. Who knows what the next steps are from here?
Check back for the latest updates when they become available.