Charlotte Hornets’ restricted free agent Miles Bridges ‘pleads no contest to domestic violence charges and will not face jail time’ – but the NBA could still suspend or dismiss the forward if he signs with another team
- Miles Bridges was accused by his then-girlfriend of assaulting her in front of their two children in May
- On Thursday, the forward’s attorney and prosecutors reached an agreement
- By pleading no contest, the 24-year-old accepts the punishment and conviction without formally admitting guilt in the case
- Bridges will face three years of probation and no jail time as part of the deal
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Charlotte Hornets restricted free agent Miles Bridges pleaded no contest to a felony domestic violence charge Thursday, according to reports.
The no-contest pleas, heard in Los Angeles Superior Court, means Bridges, who was present in court, has accepted punishment and conviction without formally admitting guilt.
Bridges will face three years of probation and no jail time as part of a deal with prosecutors.
Bridges was accused by his then-girlfriend of assaulting her in front of their two children in May. He was arrested and released on $130,000 bail in June.
Three felony charges were filed in July, to which Bridges originally pleaded not guilty.
The original charges filed in July were one felony count of injuring a child’s parent and two felony counts of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death.
Miles Bridges pleaded no contest to a felony domestic violence charge Thursday
In July the DA said the children were present for the alleged assault but did not specify the counts of child abuse.
Bridges’ attorney and the DA’s office reached an agreement Thursday, which the woman approved of, according to ESPN.
The report adds that the agreement was that Bridges plead no contest to one count – California Penal Code Section 273.5(a), which covers domestic violence toward a spouse or other cohabitant – and that the other two counts be dismissed.
During his three-year probation, Bridges, will have to undergo 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and 52 weeks of parenting classes, serve 100 hours of community service, and undergo weekly narcotics testing with marijuana allowed only if there is a valid doctor’s prescription.
He also cannot own any guns or ammunition or any dangerous weapons.
In addition, Bridges will have to pay a restitution fine of $300 and a domestic violence fine of $500.
Bridges will face three years of probation and no jail time as part of a deal with prosecutors
He will also have to obey the terms of a 10-year protective order, staying 100 yards away from and having no contact with the woman.
Bridges and his former girlfriend share custody over their two children, meaning any visitation or exchange of children must be done through a neutral third party to maintain peace and avoid violating the protective order.
Bridges has been in the NBA since the 2018-19 season and has only played for the Hornets.
Bridges has been in the NBA since the 2018-19 season and has only played for the Hornets
He currently remains unsigned but if a team were to sign him the NBA would have the right to suspend, fine, dismiss or disqualify him from any further association with the league a he pleaded no contest, according to ESPN.
The report adds that the Hornets had extended their leading scorer from last season a qualifying order prior to his arrest.
That means the franchise would have the chance to match any offer he receives from another team.