Charlotte Hornets’ Miles Bridges faces domestic violence charges

Charlotte Hornets free agent Myles Bridges will be arraigned Wednesday on domestic violence and child abuse charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Bridges, 24, faces one count of assaulting a parent and two counts of child abuse.

According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, Bridges is 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 news release did not name any of 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. He did not name Bridge in his post and has since deleted it.

Bridges is charged with “great bodily harm to a victim of domestic violence,” according to the news release.

“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 witness domestic violence are particularly vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable. Mr. Bridges will be held accountable for his actions and our Victim Services Bureau will support survivors through this difficult process.”

Bridges is a restricted free agent who just completed his fourth year in the NBA, all with the Hornets. After Bridges’ arrest, the NBA and Hornets said they were gathering more information. Klutch Sports Group, the agency that represents Bridges, did not respond to a request for comment after the arrest and could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement with its players’ union states that a conviction is not required for violating the league’s domestic violence policy. The settlement allows the league to place a player on administrative leave while it investigates allegations of domestic violence. The commissioner can, depending on the investigation, “fine, suspend or discharge and disqualify” a player from “further association with the NBA” for violating the policy.

Bridges was considered a rising star. He averaged career highs of 20.2 points, 7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game last season. His arrest came a day before free agency talks began and a day after the Hornets tendered him a qualifying offer, which allows the team to match any other offer he receives. According to multiple media reports, he was expected to receive a $173 million max contract over 5 years. On July 7, a team spokesperson said that the qualifying offer had not been rescinded.

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