Miles Bridges, a Charlotte Hornets free agent, will likely be arraigned Wednesday on felony charges of domestic violence and child abuse, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Bridges, 24, faces one count of injuring a toddler’s parent and two counts of kid abuse.
In a news 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 bond.
The news release didn’t name any of the victims. Days after Bridges was arrested, Mychelle Johnson, a former college basketball player who has two children with Bridges, posted several photos on Instagram that appeared to point out bruising and other injuries throughout her body. She didn’t name Bridges in her post and has since deleted it.
Bridges is accused of causing “great bodily injury on the domestic violence victim,” in keeping with the news release.
“Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has an enduring impact on survivors,” George Gascón, the Los Angeles County district attorney, said in an announcement. “Children who witness family violence are especially vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable. Mr. Bridges will likely be held accountable for his actions and our Bureau of Victim Services will support the survivors through this difficult process.”
Bridges is a restricted free agent who just finished his fourth 12 months within the N.B.A., all with the Hornets. Klutch Sports Group, the agency that represents Bridges, didn’t reply to a request for comment after the arrest and will not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday. The Hornets, in an announcement, called the costs “very serious” but declined to comment further since it was a “legal matter.” A spokesman for the N.B.A. said the league was “investigating the allegations.”
The N.B.A.’s collective bargaining agreement with its players’ union states that a conviction shouldn’t be required for a violation of the league’s domestic violence policy. The agreement empowers the league to position a player on administrative leave while it investigates domestic violence accusations. The commissioner may, depending on the finding of the investigation, “positive, suspend, or dismiss and disqualify” a player “from any further association with the N.B.A.” for violating the policy.
Bridges has been considered a rising star. Last season, he averaged 20.2 points, 7 rebounds and three.8 assists per game — all profession highs. His arrest got here sooner or later before the beginning of free agency negotiations and sooner or later after the Hornets had prolonged him a qualifying offer, which allows the team to match every other offers he receives. He had been expected to command a maximum contract of around $173 million for five years, in keeping with multiple media reports. A spokesman for the team said on Tuesday that the qualifying offer had not been rescinded.