Miles Bridges who is a Charlotte Hornets free agent will be brought to court Wednesday for felony charges of domestic violence and child abuse, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
The 24-year-old faces one count of injuring a child’s parent and two counts of child abuse.
In this news release from the DA’s office Tuesday, Bridge was accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children in June. According to the news release, Bridges is accused of causing ““great bodily injury on the domestic violence victim.” Bridges was arrested on June 29th but was released on a $130,000 bond.
Though the news release did not directly name any victims, days after the alleged abuse, Mychelle Johnson, who has two children with Bridges, posted incriminating images on Instagram showing bruises and injuries on her body. While she didn’t call out Bridges in this post, it has since been deleted.
George Gascón, the Los Angeles County district attorney said in a statement, “Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has a lasting impact on survivors.
“Children who witness family violence are especially vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable. Mr. Bridges will be held accountable for his actions and our Bureau of Victim Services will support the survivors through this difficult process.”
While many are wondering what Miles Bridges N.B.A. status will be amid these allegations, the Hornets released a statement calling these charges “very serious” but declined to comment further since this is a “legal matter. A spokesperson from the N.B.A. said the league was investigating the allegations.
New York Times reports that the “N.B.A.’s collective bargaining agreement with its players’ union states that a conviction is not required for a violation of the league’s domestic violence policy. The agreement empowers the league to place a player on administrative leave while it investigates domestic violence accusations.”
Depending on the findings of the investigation, the commissioner may “fine, suspend, or dismiss and disqualify a player from any further association with the N.B.A. for violating the policy.”