Miles Bridges of Charlotte Hornets accused of domestic violence
NBA player Miles Bridges was charged with domestic violence and child abuse in Los Angeles on Tuesday after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend in front of their two children last month, prosecutors said.
The charges against the Charlotte Hornets forward, 24, came after his girlfriend, Mychelle Johnson, shared disturbing photos of his injuries following the alleged attack on June 27 and 28 at a home. Los Angeles.
Bridges allegedly choked Johnson, 24, until she passed out, broke her nose and gave her a concussion, she had revealed on social media. The children were not physically injured.
« Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has a lasting impact on survivors, » Los Angeles District Attorney Gascón said in a statement Tuesday announcing the charges.
“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 Office of Victim Services will support survivors through this difficult process.
Bridges is charged with one count of harming a parent of a child and two counts of child abuse, prosecutors said.
The basketball player turned himself in a day after police arrived at the home and was released from jail on $130,000 bond, police said.
Bridges, who was previously fined $50,000 for hitting a fan with a mouthpiece, is a restricted free agent this summer, and the Hornets have an opportunity to match any offers from other teams.
The Michigan native was Charlotte’s top scorer last year, averaging more than 20 points in 80 games.
The Hornets did not immediately release a statement on Tuesday. The team said that following Bridges’ arrest, they were « in the process of gathering additional information. »
« I hate that it’s come to this but I can’t shut up anymore, » Johnson wrote on Instagram after the alleged incident.
« I allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our children for life. »