Miles Bridges pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony domestic violence charges in Los Angeles tied to the alleged abuse charges last month.
The Charlotte Hornets forward has been under fire due with serious charges and his basketball career at jepordy due to the altercations back in June.
He is now a restricted free agent who is currently facing three felony domestic violence charges after being accused of assaulting his wife, Mychelle Johnson, in front of their two children, according to the Los Angeles County.
Bridges were arrested on June 29 by Los Angeles police and was later released on a $130,000 bond.
He was arrested for “intimate partner violence with injury” It was later revealed when his wife Johnson spoke on social media to show and document multiple injuries. Johnson stated this alongside her post accompanying the images,
“I hate that it has come to this, but 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. I have nothing to prove to the world, but I won’t allow anyone who could do something so horrible to have no remorse and paint a picture of something I’m not. I won’t allow the people around him to continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person. It’s unethical, it’s immoral, it’s truly SICK. It hurts my heart because I’ve always had hope and so much love, and as scary as this is for me to do, it’s time I stand up for myself. I won’t be silent to protect others anymore because I value myself and my kids more than anyone’s ‘image’.… a fractured nose, wrist, torn eardrum, torn muscles in my neck from being choked until I went to sleep, and a severe concussion. I don’t need sympathy. I just don’t want this happening to anyone else. I just want this person to get help, my kids deserve better. That’s all i want. It hurts, everything hurts, this situation hurts, most importantly I’m scared and hurting for my kids who were witness to everything. Please respect my family’s privacy and stop with the disgusting rumors and allegations.”
Going into detail with the documents, Johnson included photos of her medical report, which states, “Physical abuse and assault by strangulation,” Along with a fracture of the closed nasal bone, Rib effusion, Multiple Bruises, and much more.
The Instagram post has been deleted, but photos and screenshots of the post are still surfacing online.
If convicted of the one felony count of injuring a child’s parent and two felony counts of child abuse that he faces, Bridges could spend more than 11 years behind bars, according to the Associated Press.
Bridges had a strong future In the NBA with the Charlotte hornets. He was the leading scorer for the team, averaging around 20.2 points and seven rebounds. The Hornets had extended his offer, which could potentially be matched with another team. He became a restricted free agent last month when the franchise tendered him a $7.9 million qualifying offer.
It should be noted that the Hornets offer still stands due to the deadline to rescind it passed on July 13. Depending on what the outcome of this case decides, Bridges could face a suspension from the NBA. The situation could be similar to former Hornet player Jeff Taylor following his guilty plea on violent domestic charges back in 2014.
It is obvious that the Hornets were not expecting anything major during this offseason. However, due to Bridges’ legal circumstances, they have remained quiet besides the statement they announced about following his “legal” matter.
According to the Associated Press, Bridges’ case continued to Aug. 19, when a date for a preliminary hearing is slated to be scheduled.