Jaxson Hayes Arrest to Be Reviewed by LAPD over Possible Force Applied to the Neck

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 29, 2021

DALLAS, TX - MAY 12: Jaxson Hayes #10 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on May 12, 2021 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Police Department will review the use of force involved in the arrest of New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes.

According to ESPN's Andrew Lopez, "LAPD says its force investigation division is now reviewing the incident because of 'the possibility of force being applied to Hayes' neck.'"

TMZ Sports reported Wednesday that Hayes had been arrested after officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a Los Angeles-area home. The 6'11" big man allegedly "got combative with cops and a fight broke out."

Lopez provided more context: "Footage from police body cameras reportedly shows Hayes trying to enter the residence despite warnings from officers. As he continued to push forward, officers called for backup and tried to place Hayes' hands behind his back."

Hayes was eventually handcuffed after two-and-a-half minutes. Authorities used a Taser "as well as bodyweight and physical force" during the course of his arrest.

Hayes and an officer involved in the arrest were evaluated at a local hospital.

The 21-year-old was taken into custody on a charge of resisting arrest, and he was released after posting bail.

The Pelicans issued a statement Wednesday to say they were "working in conjunction with the NBA and Jaxson’s representatives to gather more information and will have no further comment at this time."

Hayes averaged 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 60 games for New Orleans this past season.