Former Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges did not contest a domestic violence charge in court Thursday, according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, Bridges would receive three years of probation without jail time. The plea of no contest means that Bridges accepts his conviction and punishment without formally admitting his guilt in the case.
Bridges, 24, had previously pleaded not guilty to three felony counts in July, one count of injuring a parent of a child and two counts of child abuse under circumstances or circumstances. conditions likely to cause serious bodily injury or death. According to ESPN, the count he pleaded to ended up being domestic violence against a spouse or other cohabitant, with the other two counts dismissed.
During his probation, Bridges would have had to undergo 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling, 52 weeks of parenting classes, 100 hours of community service and weekly narcotics tests with prohibited marijuana without a prescription from a doctor. doctor. He also cannot possess a firearm, ammunition or dangerous weapons and will have to pay a $300 restitution fee and a $500 fine for domestic violence.
Bridges, who remains an NBA free agent, would retain custody of his two children with wife Mychelle Johnson, a victim of his domestic abuse, but she has a 10-year protective order that requires him to stay 100 yards away and has no contact with her.
The NBA still holds the right to suspend or fine Bridges if he signs with a team.
Miles Bridges was arrested on the eve of NBA free agency
Bridges’ plea is the legal resolution to a case that shocked the NBA, as he was arrested the night before he was set to hit free agency after four years with the Hornets.
Bridges was seemingly set for a major payday after hitting a career-high 20.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game last season, but all potential offers disappeared after his arrest. A day later, Johnson shared disturbing footage of what Bridges did to her on Instagram, while recalling what happened in detail:
“I hate that it’s come to this but I can’t shut up anymore. I allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our children for life. I don’t I have nothing to prove to the world, but I will not allow someone who might do something so horrible to have no remorse and paint a picture of something that I am not. people around him to keep shutting me up and keep lying to protect that person It’s unethical, it’s immoral, it’s really SICK It hurts my heart because I have always had hope, and so much love and as scary as it can be for me, it’s time for me to stand up for myself I won’t be silent to protect others because I value myself more myself and my children like anyone else.…a broken nose, broken wrist, torn eardrum, torn muscles in my neck from being re suffocated until I fell asleep and had a severe concussion. I don’t need sympathy, I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else, I just want that person to get help, my kids deserve better. That’s all I want t. It hurts, everything hurts, this situation hurts, especially I am afraid and I feel bad for my children who have witnessed everything. Please respect my family’s privacy and stop the disgusting rumors and allegations.”
The Instagram post, which has since been deleted, also included a video showing Bridges and Johnson’s son asking, “Did dad choke mum?”