Miles Bridges, a free agent for the Charlotte Hornets, will appear in court on Wednesday on charges of domestic violence and child abuse, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said. announced on Tuesday. Bridges, 24, is charged with one count of harming a child’s parent and two counts of child abuse.
In a press release from the district attorney’s office, Bridges was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children in late June. Bridges was arrested on June 29 and released on $130,000 bail.
The press release did not name the victims. Days after Bridges’ arrest, Michelle Johnson, a former college basketball player who has two children with Bridges, posted several photos on Instagram showing bruises and other injuries all over her body. She did not name Bridges in her post and has since deleted it.
According to a press release, Bridges is accused of inflicting “serious bodily harm on a victim of domestic violence.”
“Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has a lasting impact on survivors,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. “Children who have witnessed domestic violence are particularly vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable. mr. Bridges will be held accountable for his actions, and our Victim Assistance Bureau will support the survivors in this difficult process.”
Bridges is a restricted free agent who has just finished his fourth year in the NBA, all with the Hornets. Klutch Sports Group, the agency representing Bridges, did not respond to a request for comment after the arrest and could not be contacted for comment on Tuesday. The Hornets, in a statement, called the allegations “very serious” but declined to comment further as it was a “legal matter.” An NBA spokesman said the league is “investigating the allegations.”
NBA collective trade agreement with the players’ union states that no conviction is required for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. The agreement gives the league the right to place the player on administrative leave while allegations of domestic violence are being investigated. The Commissioner may, depending on the outcome of the investigation, “fine, suspend, or fire and disqualify” a player “from any further association with the NBA” for violating the policy.
Bridges was considered a rising star. Last season, he averaged 20.2 points, 7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. all career advances. His arrest came the day before free agency talks began and the day after the Hornets made him a qualifying offer that allows the team to match any other offers he receives. According to numerous media reports, the maximum five-year contract was expected to be around $173 million. A spokesman for the team said on Tuesday that the qualifying offer had not been cancelled.