Myles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets has been charged with domestic violence

Myles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets has been charged with domestic violence

Miles Bridges, a Charlotte Hornets free agent, will be charged Wednesday with felony counts of domestic violence and child abuse, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Bridges, 24, faces one count of wounding the parent of a child and two counts of child abuse

According to a news release from the district attorney’s office, Bridges was charged in late June with assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children. Bridges was arrested on June 29 and released on $130,000 bond.

The news release did not name any of the casualties. Days after Bridges’ arrest, Mychel Johnson, a former college basketball player who has two children with Bridges, posted several photos on Instagram showing bruises and other injuries all over his body. He did not name Bridges in his post and has since deleted it.

Bridges is charged with “causing serious bodily injury on a domestic violence victim,” according to the news release.

“Domestic violence causes physical, emotional and psychological trauma that has lasting effects on survivors,” George Gascon, Los Angeles County District Attorney, 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 Bureau of Victim Services will support survivors through this difficult process.”

Bridges is an unrestricted free agent who just finished his fourth year in the NBA, all with the Hornets. Clutch Sports Group, the agency representing Bridges, did not respond to a request for comment after the arrest and could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday. The Hornets, in a statement, called the allegations “very serious” but declined to comment further, saying it was a “legal matter”. An NBA spokesman said the league is “investigating the allegations.”

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

Bridges is considered a rising star. Last season, he averaged 20.2 points, 7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game – all career highs. His arrest came a day before free agency talks began and a day before the Hornets extended him a qualifying offer, allowing the team to match any other offers he received. According to multiple media reports, he was expected to command a maximum contract worth around $173 million over five years. A team spokesman said Tuesday that the qualifying offer has not been withdrawn.

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