LOS ANGELES — Charlotte Hornets restricted free agent Miles Bridges did not contest a felony domestic violence charge Thursday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court and will face three years probation and no jail time as part of the charge. an agreement with the prosecutors.
The plea of no contest means that Bridges, who was present in court, accepts the sentence and conviction without formally admitting guilt in the case. Bridges was accused of assaulting his then-girlfriend in front of their two children in May. In July, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon’s office filed three felony charges against Bridges, who initially pleaded not guilty to all three.
On Thursday, Bridges’ attorney and the district attorney’s office reached an agreement, which a prosecutor said the woman had accepted and approved, that he was not contesting one charge – section 273.5 (a ) of the California Penal Code, which covers domestic violence against a spouse or other cohabitant – and that the other two counts be dismissed. The felony charges also included “an allegation of causing grievous bodily harm to the victim of domestic violence”, and that allegation was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
The original charges filed in July were one count of injuring a parent of a child and two counts of child abuse in circumstances or conditions likely to cause grievous bodily harm or death. The DA’s July statement said the children were present for the alleged assault, but did not specify where the child abuse count stemmed from.
During his three-year probation period, Bridges, 24, will be required to complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and 52 weeks of parenting classes, complete 100 hours of community service and undergo weekly narcotics tests with marijuana allowed only if there is a valid doctor. prescription. He cannot possess firearms or ammunition or dangerous weapons. He will also have to pay a $300 restitution fine and a $500 fine for domestic violence, and obey the terms of a 10-year protective order, staying 100 yards away from the woman and having no contact. with her. Bridges and the wife retain custody of their two children, and any visitation or exchange of children must be done peacefully and through a neutral third party.
Bridges’ attorney declined to comment. The prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
At this time, Bridges still hasn’t signed, but if he were to sign with a team, the NBA, under the collective bargaining agreement, has the right to suspend, fine, fire or terminate him. disqualify him from any other association in the league because he pleaded no contest.
Bridges was arrested June 29 by Los Angeles police and released on $130,000 bail. Both the Hornets and the NBA have said they are aware of the charges, with the league noting that it is investigating the allegations.
Prior to his arrest, the Hornets had extended the 6-foot-7 decks a qualifying offer, which allows them to match any offer sheet he signs with another team. Last season was his fourth in the NBA.
ESPN’s Bobby Marks contributed to this report.