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Former Georgia player Taylor charged with domestic violence again

Alabama football player Jonathan Taylor, dismissed by Georgia last year after a domestic violence charge, was arrested in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night on a second domestic violence charge.

Taylor, 21, was arrested after a woman reported her boyfriend assaulted her, according to a Tuscaloosa police news release. Police said the woman had injuries to her neck, the Associated Press.

Taylor, a 6-foot-4 defensive lineman, was charged with third-degree assault and domestic violence and third-degree criminal mischief.

Last year Taylor was arrested in Athens on a domestic violence charge after an altercation with his girl friend. The police report said the woman had "visible marks" on her neck. He was dismissed from team after his release from jail the next day.

The case was still pending as of February, according to Athens-Clarke County district attorney Ken Mauldin. Taylor was indicted by a grand jury last November.

It was the second arrest last year for Taylor, who along with three teammates were charged with misdemeanor theft for double-cashing scholarship checks from UGA. Taylor and the other three eventually entered pre-trial intervention, but the domestic violence arrest canceled that out for Taylor.

Despite all that, Alabama accepted Taylor earlier this year. Head coach Nick Saban on signing day defended the signing by calling it "a university decision," and said it was determined "that he was the kind of guy that deserved a second chance."

Saban also said he and his staff had done their due diligence on Taylor. However, Mauldin and Georgia head coach Mark Richt each said they was not contacted by anyone at Alabama about Taylor.