Charlotte Hornets' Miles Bridges freed of criminal charges in domestic violence case

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Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) reacts after scoring during the second half against the Chicago Bulls at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, US on January 31, 2024. — Reuters
Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) reacts after scoring during the second half against the Chicago Bulls at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, US on January 31, 2024. — Reuters

Criminal charges against Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges in his domestic abuse case were dropped by a court on Tuesday because of "insufficient evidence", according to court documents.

Bridges was accused of violating a domestic violence protection order on October 6, 2023, misdemeanour child abuse and damage to personal property, The New York Post reported.

The state said in a Charlotte Mecklenburg County Court filing that prosecutors would "not be successful at trial."

The woman who accused the National Basketball Association (NBA) star gave conflicting stories of what happened, authorities said.

"Given the lack of sufficient evidence necessary to overcome the inconsistency of these accounts, the state would not be successful at trial," the court documents signed by prosecutor Samantha Pendergrass said.

According to Superior Court documents, the police discovered a woman and her children in a vehicle with a damaged windshield when they responded to a call.

The woman initially claimed another woman caused the damage, but a few days later, she claimed Bridges caused it.

Later, she admitted to being unsure of the cause of the car's damage.

Bridges had been scheduled to appear in court on February 20 to answer those charges.

Bridges missed the 2022-23 NBA season due to a domestic violence case from June 2022 with allegations that he assaulted his children's mother in front of them in Los Angeles.

In November, he pleaded no contest to one felony count of injuring a child's parent, agreeing to three years of probation and no jail time.

The 25-year-old forward was also ordered to complete 52 weeks of parenting classes, 52 weeks of domestic violence counselling and 100 hours of community service as part of the agreement.

Bridges missed the first 10 games of this season as part of a league-imposed suspension.

Bridges, who will become an unrestricted free agent after the season, is averaging 20.3 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season for the Hornets.