Miles Bridges arrested: Latest news, updates as free agent faces domestic violence charges – Sporting News

  • September 8, 2022

NBA free agent Miles Bridges was arrested on June 29 in Los Angeles on domestic violence charges.
As first reported by TMZ, Bridges was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence following an altercation with a woman.
Bridges, 24, was released on bond after turning himself in, according to police records.
Here is the latest on Bridges’ arrest:
TMZ reported that Bridges turned himself in to the LAPD following an argument with a woman that turned physical.
Police were called to the scene, but Bridges was gone by the time law enforcement had arrived, TMZ reported. The woman required medical attention, per TMZ, but the extent of her injuries was unclear.
After being charged with felony domestic violence, Bridges was released on $130,000 bond, according to LA Sheriff’s Department records. If convicted, he may serve time in a California state prison.
On July 19, the Los Angeles County district attorney said Bridges is facing three felony domestic violence charges — one count of injuring a child’s parent and two counts of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death.
“Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has a lasting impact on survivors,” District Attorney George Gascon said. “Children who witness family violence are especially vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable.”
Bridges pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on July 20, per ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 19.
With Bridges being a free agent, it’s unclear what his standing is with the NBA as the legal process plays out.
The NBA’s Domestic Violence Policy says the following:
The Commissioner may fine, suspend, or dismiss and disqualify from any further association with the NBA and its teams a player who engages in prohibited conduct in violation of this Policy. Repeat offenders will be subject to enhanced discipline.
Bridges is one of the top players in the free-agent market. He spent the first four years of his career with the Hornets.
The team issued a statement on June 30 that said: “The Charlotte Hornets are aware of the situation involving Miles Bridges. We are in the process of gathering additional information. We will have no further comment at this time.” 
The Hornets then issued the following statement on July 19:
The Charlotte Hornets released the following statement regarding Miles Bridges:
A couple of days after Bridges was arrested, his partner, Mychelle Johnson, released the following statement on Instagram:
I hate that it has come to this but I can’t be silent anymore. I’ve allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our kids for life. I have nothing to prove to the world, but I won’t allow anyone who could do something so horrible to have no remorse and paint a picture of something I’m not. I won’t allow the people around him to continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person. It’s unethical, it’s immoral, it’s truly SICK. It hurts my heart because I’ve always had hope, and so much love and as scary as this is for me to do it’s time I stand up for myself. I won’t be silent to protect others anymore because I value myself and my kids more than anyones ‘image’.… a fracture nose, wrist, torn eardrum, torn muscles in my neck from being choked until i went to sleep and a severe concussion. I don’t need sympathy, I just don’t want this happening to anyone else, I just want this person to get help, my kids deserve better. That’s all i want. It hurts, everything hurts, this situation hurts, most importantly I’m scared and hurting for my kids who were witness to everything. Please respect my families privacy and stop with the disgusting rumors and allegations.
Johnson also shared images of injuries she had sustained and a medical report that said she was an “adult victim of physical abuse by male partner.”
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The No. 12 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, Bridges signed a four-year, $16.3 million contract with the Hornets. He has one year, $5.4 million remaining on his current contract.
Bridges is currently a restricted free agent, giving the Hornets the option of matching any offer he agrees to with another team.