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Suspended Hornets Forward Miles Bridges Issued Criminal Summons


According to a copy of the summons obtained by ESPN, Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges received a felony summons on Wednesday for breaking a domestic violence protection order, misdemeanor child abuse, and damage to personal property.

According to a police report acquired by ESPN, the alleged altercation that resulted in the summons was reported to have happened on October 6 around 9 p.m. at Bridges’ private property in Charlotte. In the criminal summons, Bridges, 25, and his ex-girlfriend, with whom he shares two children, are described as going through a custody swap.

According to the summons, Bridges is accused of hurling pool cues at the mother’s car while the kids were inside, shattering the windshield and creating dents in the vehicle.

The summons further claims that he threatened to seize her property and stop paying child support if she reported him to the authorities and that he “allowed his current girlfriend to yell, scream, and kick the victim’s car while the children were inside.” If the woman was in the automobile is not specified in the summons.

According to a representative of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, the Bridges also have an outstanding arrest warrant for breaching the domestic violence protective order that was first granted on January 2. The warrant was not readily available since it had not yet been served as of Wednesday night.

The summons states that a hearing will be held in this case on November 13, 2023, at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in Charlotte, starting at 9 a.m.

A request for comment was not immediately answered by Bridges’ legal counsel.

In a statement released on Thursday, NBA spokesman Mike Bass stated: “We are in contact with the Hornets and gathering information.”

After being accused of hitting his then-girlfriend in front of their two children in May 2022, Bridges pled no contest to a felony domestic violence charge in November and was sentenced to three years of probation but no jail time as part of a bargain with prosecutors. Bridges entered a no-contest plea, which indicated that he accepted the verdict and sentence without openly admitting guilt.

Bridges was required to abide by the provisions of a 10-year protective order as part of that agreement, which included keeping 100 yards away from and avoiding contact with the woman at issue. Aside from being prohibited from possessing any firearms, ammo, or other weapons, he was also forced to attend 52 weeks of parenting classes and 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling, perform 100 hours of community service, and submit to weekly drug testing.

As Bridges missed last season, the NBA in April handed down a 30-game suspension without pay for him, 20 of which had already been completed.

The suspension prevented Bridges from participating in the first 10 games of the upcoming regular season after he agreed to a one-year, $7.9 million qualifying offer to rejoin the Hornets in July. Bridges isn’t participating in the preseason either.

Bridges made his first public statements regarding the situation in July, following the signing of the qualifying offer. He said, “I want to apologize to everyone for the sorrow and disgrace that I have caused everyone, especially my family. I’ve made it a priority to attend therapy sessions and improve myself so that my family and everyone else here can be proud of me during this year abroad.

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