Latest On Hornets Forward Miles Bridges

Roderick Boone and Evan Moore of The Charlotte Observer and Baxter Holmes of ESPN have obtained copies of the criminal summons that was issued on Wednesday for Hornets forward Miles Bridges. Both outlets have also obtained copies of the accompanying police report related to the summons.

As Holmes previously wrote, the summons is for violating a domestic violence protective order, misdemeanor child abuse and injury to personal property. While the incident was initially believed to have occurred a couple days ago, it actually occurred on October 6 but wasn’t fully reported until Tuesday.

On Oct. 6 around 9 p.m., during a custody exchange at Bridges’ residence in Charlotte, the 25-year-old allegedly threw billiard balls at his ex-girlfriend’s vehicle while their two children were inside it, which smashed the windshield and dented her car. The summons also states that Bridges threatened his former girlfriend, saying that if she called the police “he would take everything from her and withhold child support,” per ESPN.

Bridges is also accused of allowing his current girlfriend to “yell, scream and kick the victim’s car while the children were inside it,” Holmes writes. It’s unclear if his ex-girlfriend was inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Bridges is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Nov. 13 at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, according to the summons.

An unserved arrest warrant is still out for Bridges for allegedly violating the protective order during a prior incident at the victim’s residence on January 2, according to Boone and Moore. A public copy of the warrant is not yet available since it hasn’t been served.

The Hornets spokesperson gave a brief statement to the media on Wednesday night: “We are aware of the reports and are in the process of gathering more information.”

The warrant and summons are related to Bridges’ domestic violence case from last year.

He was originally facing three felony charges after being accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend in front of their two children, but last November entered a plea of no contest — accepting punishment without formally admitting guilt — to one felony count of injuring a child’s parent. He received three years probation and no jail time as part of the plea deal.

Bridges also has to adhere to a 10-year criminal protective order for the victim as part of the plea agreement. The protective order stipulates that Bridges must stay 100-plus yards away from and have no communication with his former girlfriend.

Bridges is ineligible to compete in preseason games and is suspended for the first 10 games of the 2023/24 season following an NBA investigation into the original domestic violence incident. He missed all of last season while his legal case played out, eventually signing his one-year, $7.92MM qualifying offer as a restricted free agent in July.

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