Pelican's Jaxson Hayes Arrested After Fight With Cops, Faces Battery Charge

Former Texas Longhorn and current New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes was arrested on Wednesday following a domestic dispute that turned into an altercation with police, reports say.

According to a report by TMZ, law enforcement was called to a domestic disturbance in an Los Angeles-area home, in which Hayes, 21, allegedly tried to keep cops from entering. It is unclear whose house the incident occurred.

An alleged fight ensued between Hayes and police officers, which reportedly got out of hand quickly, as police put out an "officer needs help" radio call and Hayes was allegedly tasered.

The New York Post reported Hayes and another officer were taken to a hospital and sought medical treatment. Hayes had minor injuries and the condition of the officer is unknown at this time.

According to the Post, Hayes is expected to be charged with felony battery on a police officer, and the initial dispute that required police presence remains under investigation.

The Pelicans reportedly released an official statement on the incident, saying, "We have been made aware of the incident involving Jaxson Hayes. We are working in conjunction with the NBA and Jaxson's representatives to gather more information and will have no further comment at this time."

The New Orleans Pelicans official statement on Jaxson Hayes:

“We have been made aware of the incident involving Jaxson Hayes. We are working in conjunction with the NBA and Jaxson’s representatives to gather more information and will have no further comment at this time.”

— George Hathaway (@hathawaygeorge9) July 28, 2021

The Pelicans first drafted Hayes eighth overall in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Last season, Hayes played in 60 games, averaging just over 16 minutes, 7.5 points and a little more than four rebounds per game.

The incident occurred just one day before the NBA draft, in which the New Orleans Pelicans have the no. 17 pick and are predicted to be scouting for strong three-point shooting, perimeter defense and guard depth.

As the draft approaches, according to a report by the NBA, the Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a deal that will send center Jonas Valanciunas and 2021 NBA Draft picks to New Orleans for center Steven Adams, guard Eric Beldsoe and draft picks.

This deal clears the way for young Pelicans guards Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Kira Lewis Jr. to see more playing time.

I can confirm the Pels are trading Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe and picks No. 10 and 40 in Thursday's draft along with an additional 2022 first rounder via the Lakers to Memphis for Jonas Valanciunas and picks No. 17 and 51 in Thursday's draft. @wojespn was first to report.

— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) July 26, 2021

The Pelicans have also made a few changes in their coaching staff before the season, hiring Phoenix Suns assistant Willie Green as their new head coach.

"It's a blessing and an honor to get this opportunity in a special place like New Orleans. I look forward to getting to work and immersing myself and my family into the local community," Green said in an NBA report.

Welcome Home Willie 👏

The new head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans:

Willie Green!

Story: https://t.co/VmtxthpEUk pic.twitter.com/y0LAyuGWAv

— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 22, 2021

Newsweek reached out to Los Angeles Police Department for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

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New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes was arrested Wednesday morning after a fight with cops and is expected to be booked on a felony battery charge. Hayes dribbles the ball down court during the fourth quarter of an NBA game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Smoothie King Center on April 9 in New Orleans. Sean Gardner/Getty Images