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Charlotte Hornets’ Miles Bridges turns himself in after arrest warrant issued. What do we know?

Though he’s seemingly decided to do the right thing, it may well be too late for the Charlotte Hornets star to save what looked like a promising career.

Update:
Though he’s seemingly decided to do the right thing, it may well be too late for the Charlotte Hornets star to save what looked like a promising career.
Jim DedmonUSA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con

It’s been a sad story since it began last summer and is one in which the talented Hornets player has been guilty of behavior that is both violent and unacceptable. Though it seems he’s chosen to bring an end to this latest chapter of the saga, it remains unclear what his future holds.

Miles Bridges turns himself in

If you caught our last report on the subject, then you will know that an arrest warrant was issued for Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges earlier this week, for misdemeanor child abuse and injury to personal property. The charges were brought against him after he allegedly violated a protective order during a custody exchange resulting in damage to his ex-girlfriend’s car. According to reports on Friday, Bridges has now turned himself into authorities on a charge of violating a domestic violence protection order. It is understood that he was booked at Lincoln County Detention Center and released on a $1,000 bond following an appearance before a judge.

What exactly did Miles Bridges do?

As per the previously mentioned report, Bridges allegedly smashed the windshield of the car that belonged to his ex-girlfriend while their children were inside the vehicle, a clear violation of the protective order. Official court documents indicated that Bridges then proceeded to threaten his former partner during the exchange of custody, throwing pool table balls at her vehicle which resulted in the damage of the windshield. It is understood that Bridges also threatened her by claiming that he would withhold child support if she called the police.

This of course is simply the latest installment in what has been a very unfortunate situation that started last summer with the 25-year-old’s arrest for felony domestic violence in Los Angeles. At the time Bridges pled no contest to the charge and was subsequently sentenced to three years of probation without incarceration. In addition, a 10-year protective order was issued as a result of the plea deal, in which it was made clear that he had to maintain 100 yards from the woman in question and have no contact with her. Where the NBA is concerned, Bridges was suspended for 30 games prior to the start of this most recent season. Most recently he agreed to a $7.9 million qualifying offer which saw him return to the Hornets for the coming 2023-24 season. It’s worth noting that due to the fact that he missed the entire 2022-23 season, Bridges’ suspension was set to be reduced to only 10 games this coming campaign with 20 games already being counted by the league. Due to sitting out all of the 2022-23 season, Bridges’ suspension was to be reduced to only 10 games for the upcoming year, with 20 games already being accounted for by the league.

So, what happens to Miles Bridges now?

At the time of writing, neither the NBA nor the Charlotte Hornets had released a statement regarding the next steps where Bridges is concerned, however, given what occurred before and what he has now done, it’s hard to imagine that this will end positively for a player who was once seen as one of the most exciting young talents in the league. For the moment all we can do is think about the irony of the statement that Bridges made last year during his introductory press conference in Charlotte.

“I apologize to everyone for the pain and embarrassment I caused to everyone, but especially my family,” Bridges stated at the time. “This year away, I’ve used it to prioritize just going to therapy and becoming the best person I can be. Someone that my family and everyone here can be proud of. ...A lot of people don’t get a second chance and I want to use this just to prove to everyone that I’m the same kid that you drafted five years ago. I’m just happy to be back and I can’t wait to get this year started.” At this point, it appears that Miles Bridges did not in fact take advantage of the second chance that he was given. As such, will there really be a third?