A murkier picture is emerging of the incident that saw IBF middleweight champion arrested on Monday at the MLK Day Parade in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.
According to witnesses, Taylor allegedly threatened a family after initially agreeing to pose for a picture with their young son. Reports are stating that the boy was handed Taylor’s belt to wear for the photo, but dropped it to the ground, leading to the fighter reaching for a gun and pointing at the family.
Thelton Smith revealed the moment he feared for life in a candid interview with THV11 in the aftermath.
“It was horrible man,” said Smith to the TVH11 reporter. “But you’ll see me again. I’m not worried about it. I’m not going do nothing to you but one day you will have to deal with Jesus.”
Smith’s wife then continued: “He shot up twice in the air and put the gun up on his (my husband’s) temple. That’s when I jumped in front because he was going to shoot. I jumped in front and the gun went off again.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Smith added. “That man don’t ever need to hit the streets again.”
Taylor, who is already facing 26 years in jail for his part in the shooting of his own cousin, was released on $50,000 bail on Tuesday, although there could now be serious repercussions for the 36 year-old and his future in the sport.
Eight separate charges have been filed against Taylor who recently pulled out of his first defense of the red belt against Sergio Mora scheduled for February 6.