Police charge Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes with 12 counts including domestic violence and battery against an officer after he was arrested outside his Los Angeles home last year

  • The 21-year-old faces misdemeanor domestic abuse charges after arrest  
  • The center was detained in June after 'becoming violent with his girlfriend'
  • During arrest, he told cops he couldn't breathe, prompting investigation 



New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes has been charged with 12 misdemeanor charges including domestic violence after he lashed out at his girlfriend at his LA home last year, police said.

The 21-year-old faces up to a year in jail for the litany of charges which also include three counts of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse, vandalism, battery against an officer and trespassing, Los Angeles city attorney spokesman Rob Wilcox said.

The 6ft11 star was pinned to the ground by cops outside of his home's front door in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills around 3am on July 28.

New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes has been charged with 12 counts including domestic violence (pictured in December, 2021)

Los Angeles Police Department body camera footage shows the 6-foot-11 NBA player allegedly resisting arrest

Bodycam footage shows him repeatedly saying, 'I can't breathe', causing the LAPD to launch an investigation into the use of excessive force.

District Attorney George Gascon refused to press felony charges last year, but LA City Attorney Mike Feuer's office pursued the misdemeanor charges which were filed yesterday.

His arraignment is scheduled for February 15. 

He has continued to play for the Pelicans this season, notching up 33 games and is averaging 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds. 

Cops were called to his home by a woman claiming to be the cousin of Hayes's girlfriend last summer.

As heard in the 911 call, the woman explains she 'got some disturbing text messages' from her cousin, who wanted police to come to Hayes's home because he was 'getting loud and violent and she's scared.' 

LAPD chief Michael Moore announced the department launched an excessive force investigation after the arrest

As seen on the body cam footage, Hayes walked outside his home to greet the officers as they arrived. 'What's going on between you and your girl,' one officer is heard asking

Hayes then walked outside his home to greet the officers as they arrived.

'What's going on between you and your girl?' one officer is heard asking.

'We were just having a little argument,' Hayes said. 'She was throwing some stuff at me… Just cleaning it up.'

Hayes told the officers that only his girlfriend and his cousin were in the house.

At that point another man, presumably Hayes's cousin, exited the home and approached the officers, who said they needed to go inside to speak with Hayes's girlfriend.

Hayes began walking with the officers, who quickly told him to stay outside.

Hayes repeatedly warned the officers that the violent arrest would become public

'I can't go inside my own house?' Hayes asked.

'Not at the moment, no,' one officer said.

'N*****, that's my house,' Hayes replied.

Hayes got increasingly agitated as officers explained that they had the right to enter his home while momentarily keeping him outside for a moment.

The other male civilian, believed to be Hayes's cousin, then pleaded with him to stop arguing with the officers.

'I'm begging you bro, don't touch him, pleas bro,' the man said, while gently restraining Hayes.

Officers then separated the two men and began to arrest Hayes as the other civilian begged them to stop.

After being tasered, Hayes was moved from the ground to a bench outside his front door 

It was then that the arrest became violent, with Hayes appearing to shove one officer into the wall outside his front door.

'Stop resisting or I'm going to taser you,' one officer said.

'I can't breathe,' the panicked Hayes struggled to say as officers piled on top of him. 'I can't breathe… I'm a blessed soul.'

At that point, one officer can be heard saying 'get your knee up,' but it's unclear if he's speaking to Hayes or another officer who was possibly kneeling on him.

'Gimme your f***ing badge numbers,' Hayes said.

At this point, the electrical zapping noise can be heard as one officer yells 'taser.'

'No!' No!' an increasingly terrified Hayes yelled. 'Stop! Stop!'

Hayes then agreed to stop resisting while a woman can be heard yelling at him to 'stop talking.'

He continued to demand to see a warrant as officers threatened to tase him again.

'Jaxson just shut up, stop talking, stop moving,' the woman is heard saying.

Officers struggled to handcuff Hayes, who continued to curse and resist arrest. At one point he tried to say the police are supposed to 'protect and serve' but instead said 'peterve' a few times before correcting himself amid the chaos.

One officer suffered an injured elbow during the incident. He was treated at a local hospital and released later that day.

Hayes was arrested and taken to a local hospital where he received a medical evaluation. He was cleared by the attending physician and then later booked at an LA County Jail.  

The eight-overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, Hayes attended Cincinnati's Moeller High School, which has produced several famous athletes, including Baseball Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Larkin.

He played one season for the Long Horns, averaging 10 points and five rebounds a game.

In two NBA seasons, Hayes has started 17 games and is among several young stars on the Pelicans, including Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.

Hayes's father Jonathan was a former NFL tight end with the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals, and his mother Kinne played basketball at Drake University. 


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