Miles Bridges, a restricted free agent for the Charlotte Hornets, is charged with three felonies for allegedly abusing his fiancée in front of their two children last month, the Los Angeles County district attorney announced Tuesday.
According to district attorney George Gascon, his office filed two felony counts of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to result in serious bodily injury or death, as well as one criminal offence of harming a child’s parent. The case “included an accusation of inflicted significant bodily injury on the domestic violence victim,” the district attorney’s press release states. Although the children were allegedly present during the alleged attack, the DA’s announcement did not go into further detail about the allegations of child abuse.
Wednesday’s arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court is planned for Bridges.
Domestic abuse causes survivors to suffer from long-lasting physical, mental, and emotional stress, according to Gascon. Children who witness family violence are more at risk, and the effects are irreparable.
After being detained by Los Angeles police on June 29, Bridges was eventually freed on a $130,000 bond.
Both the Hornets and the NBA acknowledged being aware of the accusations made against Bridges, with the NBA adding that it is looking into the claims.
“We will continue to monitor these very serious allegations, the Hornets added. “We will not be making any additional comments at this time because this is a legal situation.
The Associated Press was unable to quickly reach Bridges’ agent, Rich Paul, for comment on Tuesday night.
A medical report that read, “adult victim of physical abuse by male partner; Assault by strangulation, Brain concussion; Closed fracture of nasal bone; Contusion of rib; Multiple bruises; Strain of neck muscle” was posted on Instagram by Mychelle Johnson, the mother of Bridges’ two young children, on July 1. She also posted several pictures of what appeared to be injuries.
Bridges was not specifically mentioned in her Instagram post, which read: “I regret that this is where things have gone, but I will not remain silent. I’ve given someone the freedom to wreck my house, physically and verbally abuse me, and permanently traumatise our children. I don’t have anything to prove to the world, but I won’t let somebody who could commit such a heinous act do it without feeling regret and portray me as something I’m not. I won’t let others around him continue to suppress me and to tell lies in order to keep this person safe.”
When Bridges was arrested, the LAPD declared that it doesn’t publish police reports on domestic violence arrests. The West Los Angeles Branch of the LAPD is still looking into the matter.
In his fourth NBA season, the 6-foot-7, 225-pound Bridges led the Hornets in scoring with an average of 20.2 points and seven rebounds. Prior to his arrest, the Hornets made Bridges a qualifying offer, which gives them the opportunity to match any offer sheet made by another team.