NBA world horrified by details of Miles Bridges felony charges

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Miles Bridges is pictured playing for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA.
Charlotte Hornets star Miles Bridges has been charged with three felony counts relating to an alleged domestic violence injury in June. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

The NBA world has been left in shock after Charlotte Hornets leading scorer Miles Bridges was hit with felony charges relating to domestic violence and child abuse.

Bridges, who was drafted 12th overall by the Hornets in 2018, faces an uncertain future in the NBA as fans were appalled by details of the charges.

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The 24-year-old had been arrested in Los Angeles on June 29, and was later released on a $130,000 bond.

It was announced by Los Angeles County district attorney on Tuesday that 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 had been lodged against Bridges.

On July 1, his wife, Mychelle Johnson, posted graphic images on social media of injuries she wrote that she sustained during a violent attack.

Johnson said she suffered fractures of her nose and wrist, a torn eardrum and torn muscles in her neck from being choked.

"I hate that it has come to this but I can’t be silent anymore," Johnson wrote in the post that has since been deleted.

"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 rumours and allegations."

NBA star Miles Bridges charged over alleged domestic violence

The alleged assault by Bridges took place in front of the victim's two children.

Bridges has not publicly addressed his arrest and didn't immediately respond after charges were filed.

The Hornets, who were knocked out of the play-in tournament last season, had extended a qualifying offer to Bridges prior to the beginning of free agency, allowing them to match any offer from rival teams for the star wing.

Citing the ongoing proceedings, the Hornets declined to offer any substantial comment on the case.

"We are aware of the charges filed today against Miles Bridges," the team said via a statement.

"These are very serious charges which we will continue to monitor.

"As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time."

Miles Bridges looks to pass to a teammate during an NBA game.
Miles Bridges was Charlotte's leading scorer last season, averaging 20 points and seven rebounds. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

L.A. District Attorney George Gascón issued a statement alongside the charges vowing to hold Bridges accountable.

“Domestic violence creates physical, mental and emotional trauma that has a lasting impact on survivors,” Gascón's statement read.

“Children who witness family violence are especially vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable.

"Mr. Bridges will be held accountable for his actions and our Bureau of Victim Services will support the survivors through this difficult process.”

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