IBF middleweight titlist Jermain Taylor is back in jail for allegedly discharging a firearm Monday afternoon in his native Little Rock, Arkansas.
According to the Little Rock police department, Taylor has been charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of marijuana.
A witness claims to have heard five gunshots near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Taylor was later stopped by police, at which time a gun was retrieved from his vehicle. An unidentified woman and two children were also in the vehicle.
Taylor, who won the IBF title in October from Sam Soliman, was questioned by police last month for allegedly throwing a brick through a woman’s moving car. Taylor was questioned by authorities but not arrested after claiming self-defense.
Taylor will go on trial in June for shooting his cousin last August in a domestic incident. He pled not guilty last month.
Taylor was scheduled to defend the title against Sergio Mora on February 7. However, promoter Lou DiBella confirmed that Taylor has suffered a fractured rib in training, effectively cancelling the bout.
At press time, Taylor has not released an official statement.
Anyone starting to think Taylor’s erratic behavior might be the result of in-ring trauma? It’s worth being said that Taylor has passed all neurological test before his latest comeback, but the former undisputed champ is clearly battling issues that have yet to be diagnosed. And until those are addressed, boxing should be the last thing on his mind.