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Jermain Taylor allegedly threatened to shoot young children

If the allegations are true, Jermain Taylor is in need of a serious psychiatric intervention.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

It was reported yesterday that Jermain Taylor was detained by police again for another shooting - this one that took place during a Martin Luther King Jr. parade (as ironic as that is). Details about the circumstances behind the alleged shooting are now coming to the surface, and are - well - truly reprehensible.

As the story goes, Toya Smith, 40, says that Taylor threatened to shoot her 5, 3, and 1 year old children, as well as her husband, while they were attending the MLK parade. Jermain Taylor, she explains, initially pulled out his IBF belt and asked to take a photo with Smith's son, though the family had never met Taylor before. Smith was a bit wary because she believed Taylor was intoxicated at the time, but allowed him to go ahead.

"He bent down to give my son the belt and he almost fell over and dropped the belt, and he thought my baby dropped the belt," Smith told The Associated Press.

Apparently Taylor felt disrespected by the young child, for supposedly dropping his belt, and proceeded to pull out a gun and point it at her husband and the family.

"He put [the gun] up against his temple, I jumped in front of it and it went off up into the air," injuring her husband's ear, Smith told the AP. "He was going to shoot him, but I saw it, he was going to kill him and I had to hit the gun."

Smith then said she and her family attempted to get in their vehicle and leave, but that Taylor continued pointing the gun at them.

"He was pointing at the kids, so I jumped in front of him again and said, 'Please don't shoot my kids,'" Smith said.

Smith says that Taylor then went on a tirade, claiming that he didn't care about her or her kids, and that he would kill her husband. She also went on to say that her kids are visibly distraught and cried throughout the night yesterday. Now look, I'm not a doctor or anything, and I don't know if that severe brain bleed that Taylor suffered accounts for any of his recent actions, but this much is sure - any person who pulls a gun and threatens to shoot children cannot be a mentally stable individual. This instance, if it is indeed true, should be proof positive that Jermain is an imminent threat to his community and himself and should probably be kept in some form of custody.

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