Restricted free agent Hornets forward Miles Bridges and his representatives have worked out a plea deal with prosecutors regarding his felony domestic violence case, per Baxter Holmes of ESPN. Bridges pleaded no contest, meaning he’s accepting a punishment and conviction without admitting guilt.
Bridges was arrested and charged following a Los Angeles incident this spring in which he was accused of physical violence against his partner in front of their two young children. She required medical attention following the incident, per TMZ Sports.
In July, Bridges pleaded not guilty to the three charges initially levied at him: one count of injuring a parent to a minor, and two counts of child abuse in situations that could cause significant injury or death. As Holmes notes, the office of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon indicated that Bridges’ kids were present to witness the abuse, but would not otherwise elaborate on the two child abuse charges.
On Thursday, Bridges’ lawyer finalized a plea deal with Gascon’s office, in which Bridges would plead no contest to one charge of felony domestic violence while the two child abuse counts were dismissed. Bridges will accept three years of probation while avoiding jail time.
According to Holmes, Bridges has been ordered to attend a year’s worth of domestic violence counseling sessions and a year of parenting classes. Another element of his three-year probation is 100 hours of community service.
Bridges will not be permitted to own any dangerous weapons, including guns or ammo. He was ordered to pay minimal fines and is also required to honor his former girlfriend’s 10-year restraining order, which mandates that he is to have no contact with her and must remain 100 yards or more away from her at all times. He will be permitted to keep shared custody of their children, with any visitation or exchange of the children occurring through a neutral third party, Holmes explains.
Though Bridges received a qualifying offer to enter restricted free agency just weeks before he was booked, Charlotte let the offer expire early last month. Thus, Bridges remains a restricted free agent, but he will no longer be able to accept the qualifying offer. He could negotiate a new deal with the Hornets or sign an offer sheet with another team.
If the 6’7″ combo forward does eventually sign a new contract with an NBA club, the league would have the ability to fine, suspend, or even disqualify Bridges due to his no-contest plea. The NBA wouldn’t have the jurisdiction to discipline Bridges if he had gone through the trial process and been found not guilty.