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Hornets’ Bridges pleads no contest to felony domestic violence counts

Miles Bridges with Charlotte Hornets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 27: Miles Bridges #0 of the Charlotte Hornets in action against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on March 27, 2022 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Charlotte Hornets defeated the Brooklyn Nets 119-110. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Charlotte Hornets’ wing Miles Bridges pled no contest to a felony domestic violence charge from a case this summer involving the mother of his children, reports to Baxter Holmes of ESPN. He will not serve any jail time but will face three years of probation for the charges filed in Los Angeles.

In July, Mychelle Johnson, the mother of Bridges’ children, detailed her case in a July 1 Instagram post where she said, “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.” The post contained detailed medical reports of multiple injuries and a video of their son recounting an incident where “daddy choked mommy.”

That was followed up by the Los Angeles District Attorney, who filed the charges, leading to the plea deal and the no-contest plea this week.

From the ESPN report:

During his three-year probation, Bridges, 24, will be required to complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and 52 weeks of parenting classes, serve 100 hours of community service and undergo weekly narcotics testing with marijuana allowed only if there is a valid doctor’s prescription. He cannot own any guns or ammunition or any dangerous weapons. He also will have to pay a restitution fine of $300 and a domestic violence fine of $500, and obey the terms of a 10-year protective order, staying 100 yards away from and having no contact with the woman. Bridges and the woman maintain custody over their two children, and any visitation or exchange of children must be done peacefully and through a neutral third party.

Bridges is currently on the Hornets’ books but is not getting paid or playing for them. He was in line for a contract extension this summer, and the Hornets extended him a qualifying offer before this incident came to light. Since then the Hornets have not discussed a new contract with him, nor did they rescind the qualifying offer, thereby retaining his rights. No other team has stepped forward with an offer. The ESPN reports notes that because he pled no contest (accepting the conviction but avoiding having to admit guilt), if a team signs him the NBA can suspend, fine or dismiss Bridges under the terms of the CBA.

Bridges led the Hornets in scoring last season at 20.2 points a game, plus he pulled down seven rebounds a night.