In the summer of 2022, there were distressing allegations against Miles Bridges, the Hornet’s power forward, as he faced accusations of domestic violence from his former spouse, Mychelle Johnson.
Mychelle Johnson took to social media to publicly share evidence of the alleged domestic violence, revealing visible bruises and scratches she had experienced.
Nonetheless, the post in question did not directly name Miles Bridges, and it was eventually taken down from the social media platform.
Miles Bridges is a power forward who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA.
Prior to joining the Hornets, he was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2018 NBA Draft. He also had a college basketball career with the Michigan State Spartans.
He was later traded by the Clippers in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
Subsequently, he signed a four-year contract worth around $16 million with the Charlotte Hornets.
One notable achievement in his career occurred on November 20, 2021, when Bridges scored a career-high of 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It came during a 115–105 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Apart from his basketball career, Bridges also pursues music under the alias RTB MB.
What Did Miles Bridges Do?
Miles Bridges, who played for the Charlotte Hornets, faced accusations of assaulting his wife in front of their children on June 27, 2022.
He was arrested on June 29 and released on a $130,000 bond.
The domestic violence case underwent multiple continuations until Bridges eventually entered a plea of no contest.
It indicated that he accepted conviction without admitting guilt. This plea was made on a Thursday morning in Los Angeles Superior Court.
As part of the agreement with prosecutors, Bridges received a three-year probation sentence with no jail time.
He was also mandated to undergo a year of domestic violence counseling and parenting classes and perform 100 hours of community service.
Additionally, a ten-year restraining order against Mychelle Johnson and weekly drug tests were included.
How Did The NBA Respond?
The NBA’s response was significant. On April 14, 2023, Bridges was suspended from the league for 30 games without pay due to the domestic violence incident.
This suspension came after his four-year tenure with the Hornets from 2018 to 2022.
Notably, his arrest occurred just before the start of the free agency period. Reportedly, Milew was expected to secure a maximum contract worth approximately $173 million.
Will He Play Again?
As for his future in the NBA, during the entirety of the ordeal, Miles Bridges was not under contract with any NBA team.
The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement allows the league to take various actions in such cases. It includes fines, suspensions, dismissals, or disqualifications.
Moreover, the NBA organization also prohibited Miles Bridges from any involvement with the league.
Miles, who will miss the initial 10 games of the upcoming season, received a 30-game suspension from the NBA in April.
However, 20 of those games were credited because he didn’t participate in the previous season.
According to Hornets General Manager Mitch Kupchak, Bridges’s dedication to counseling and community service played a role in the team’s choice to re-sign him.
On July 7, 2023, Bridges agreed to a qualifying offer of $7.92 million with the Charlotte Hornets.
Sources state that the power forward has demonstrated remorse and shown a willingness to learn from the incident.
He also expressed a commitment to ensuring it will not recur in the future.
Who Is Mychelle Johnson?
Mychelle, similar to Miles Bridges, had a basketball background.
She was born on September 3, 1997, to Scott Johnson. Moreover, he was the head coach of the West Virginia Thunder AAU club, possibly sparking her passion for the sport.
During her time at St. Joseph Catholic High School, Mychelle earned the distinction of being a two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Furthermore, she played a pivotal role in leading her team to three state championships.
Following her high school years, Mychelle continued her basketball journey until 2018.
Later, Johnson represented the Blue Raiders at Middle Tennessee State University and Marshall University. There have been reports indicating that she has taken an interest in modeling as well.
Mychelle and Miles Bridges began their relationship in 2016 and became parents to two children: son Ace (born on October 26, 2018) and daughter Ayla (born on February 23, 2020).