CHARLOTTE, N.C. — One day later, Miles Bridges was still publicly apologizing for throwing his mouthpiece into the stands in Atlanta, accidentally hitting a 16-year-old girl.
"I lost my cool," Bridges said. "That was an embarrassment on my part. I take full responsibility for anything coming my way. Any consequences the NBA gives me, I deserve it."
On Thursday, the league announced it was fining Bridges $50,000 for the incident, which took place after Bridges was ejected during a frustrating loss to Atlanta in the NBA Play-In Tournament.
The loss ended Charlotte's season short of a playoff series.
Both Bridges and the team have reached out to the girl to try and make amends.
"[Fans] come to the games to watch you. To watch you play. For their safety to be in danger at that time that's wrong on my part," Bridges said. "So I take full responsibility."
Bridges admitted that he was trying to hit another fan with the mouthpiece, a man who was near the railing to the Hornets tunnel, waving and screaming at the Hornets forward.
But Bridges said the fan did not say anything that crossed a line and that it was just "regular heckling."
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