Middleweight boxing champion Jermain Taylor has pleaded not guilty to charges that he pointed a gun at a man’s head and threatened to shoot three small children at a parade.
Local media reports that the 36-year-old boxer got into a dispute with a man in Little Rock, AR. on Monday (Jan. 19), pointed a gun at his head and fired before pistol-whipping him… and then, pointing it at his wife and kids.
The victim, identified as Thelton Smith, said he and his family were looking at Taylor’s championship belt on the street when it was dropped. This enraged the boxer who blamed Smith’s young son for dropping the belt, resulting in the gun incident.
Taylor was later taken into custody and police found both a gun and a small amount of marijuana.
He was arraigned on Tuesday (Jan. 20) on five counts of aggravated assault, three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of marijuana. He was later released after posting $50,000 bond.
Taylor already faces two felony charges for an incident last August in which police said he shot his cousin. He could face up to 26 years in prison, if convicted on those charges.
The boxer had just won the IBF middleweight title in October.