NBA free agent Miles Bridges pleads no contest to domestic violence, avoids jail time

NBA free agent Miles Bridges pleaded no contest Thursday in Los Angeles to a felony count of injury to the parent of a child, agreeing to do so in exchange for three years of probation and no jail time.

The Bridges will also have to complete 52 weeks of parenting classes, 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and 100 hours of community service as part of the deal. He was facing three felony counts — one to which he pleaded no contest and two more counts of child abuse under conditions or circumstances likely to cause serious bodily injury or death.

The charges came from charges of assault his girlfriend in front of their two children in June, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said.

“We believe this resolution was the best solution to hold Mr. Bridges accountable for his conduct,” the district attorney’s office said. “It is also our understanding through the victim’s representatives that the victim wanted an expeditious resolution of the case. The victim and his representatives were consulted on the proposed resolution and agreed to the outcome of the case.”

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Miles Bridges of the Charlotte Hornets drives the ball up court against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Spectrum Center on March 8, 2022, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Bridges must also abide by a 10-year criminal protection order for the victim, weekly drug and marijuana testing and restitution for the victim, the district attorney’s office said. A restitution hearing is scheduled for January 13.

The accusations against Bridges came just before this summer’s free agency period began. Bridges was coming off a season for the Charlotte Hornets where he averaged 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists — all career bests, numbers that likely would have earned him a major payday.

Just a day before at his arrest on June 29, the Hornets had extended Bridges a qualifying offer, which gives them the opportunity to match any offer sheet made by another team, making him a restricted free agent. Bridges was drafted by the Hornets in 2018 and has spent his entire four-year NBA career with the franchise. He has not played this season.

His future in the NBA, at least in the short term, remains very unclear. He could still face disciplinary action from the league, and it would be difficult for some teams to consider signing Bridges given that the season has begun and rosters are full in many cases.

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