Jermain Taylor Redux

By Robert Ecksel on September 2, 2018
Jermain Taylor Redux
The police arrested Taylor at his home in Little Rock, Arkansas, Wednesday afternoon.

He has been spiraling out of control for years, a victim of his demons and, perhaps, the sport at which he excelled…

What the hell happened to Jermain Taylor?

The 40-year-old former middleweight champion was arrested again. He has been spiraling out of control for several years, a victim of his demons and, perhaps, the sport at which he excelled.

Police were called to Taylor’s home in Little Rock, Arkansas, Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly punched a woman, held a knife to her throat, and if there was any doubt of his misguided intentions, he also threatened to kill her.

Taylor was booked into the Pulaski County Jail and has been denied bail. The charges are third-degree domestic battery and aggravated assault. It could have been worse and will someday likely be worse, however much we hope he gets the help he needs.

But an alarming number of incidents, including but not limited to accusations of biting a woman on her face and arm and threatening to kill her, beating up a fellow patient at a substance abuse facility, and shooting his cousin in the leg during an argument, does not bode well for Taylor’s future.

In a world gone mad, brain-damaged Jermain Taylor is unfortunately an exemplar.

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  1. Kid Blast 11:15am, 08/31/2018

    Nice piece Robert. “He has been spiraling out of control for years, a victim of his demons and, perhaps, the sport at which he excelled…” Could not agree more. Should never have been treated as a criminal . He was and is sick.

  2. Pete The Sneak 04:10am, 08/31/2018

    Man, really hate to see this. Taylor was one of the classiest, most easy going people back in the day when he (and his then wife) were the toast of Little Rock. Is boxing to blame for this abhorrent behavior, or did Taylor have this within him all along?. Hard to say and I too hope he gets the help he needs, but I honestly can’t feel sorry for a guy that does something like this to women (or anyone for that matter). More importantly though, I hope his victim truly gets the help/assistance she needs more so than Taylor after this brutal assault…Peace.

  3. Chico Salmon 07:00am, 08/30/2018

    The guy’s eyes look gone. Dead man eyes. Definitely got some demons in his soul. Attacking women and the weak, maybe he just needs a good ole attitude adjustment from someone even tougher than him. He’ll probably get it where he is going.

  4. Chico Salmon 06:49am, 08/30/2018

    “Sign O’ The Times” by Prince. Cue the music, maestro.

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