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LAPD confirms arrest of Hornets star Miles Bridges for domestic violence

Miles Bridges faces a felony domestic violence charge after an incident that happened Monday in Los Angeles, police said.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Los Angeles police confirm officers have arrested Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges for felony domestic violence. 

According to an LAPD statement, the 24-year-old surrendered to police Wednesday for an incident that happened Monday in West Los Angeles. The charge Bridges faces is "Intimate Partner Violence with Injury," the statement reads. 

He was released on $130,000 bond and has a July 20 court date. The LAPD said it does not release police reports on domestic violence arrests.

The Hornets issued the following statement Thursday: 

“The Charlotte Hornets are aware of the situation involving Miles Bridges. We are in the process of gathering additional information. We will have no further comment at this time.”

Mychelle Johnson, the mother of Bridges' two young children, addressed the incident on Instagram Friday, posting several pictures of injuries and a medical report that read “adult victim of physical abuse by male partner; Assault by strangulation, Brain concussion; Closed fracture of nasal bone; Contusion of rib; Multiple bruises; Strain of neck muscle.”

“I hate that it has come to this but I can’t be silent anymore. I’ve allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our kids for life,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “I have nothing to prove to the world, but I won’t allow anyone who could do something so horrible to have no remorse and paint a picture of something I’m not. I won’t allow the people around him to continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person.”

Bridges’ agent, Rich Paul, has not returned phone calls to The Associated Press and it was unclear whether he has an attorney. Attempts to reach Johnson also were unsuccessful and AP could not locate an attorney of record for her.

Charlotte drafted Bridges out of Michigan State with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He is a restricted free agent after reportedly turning down an extension offer from the Hornets last year. 

General manager Mitch Kupchak said the team was taking a "wait and see" approach with Bridges after those negotiations stalled in October.

"We love Miles Bridges," Kupchak said. "We did have conversations with his representative until the last minute. The decision was made to wait and see how the season plays out and we'll approach it again in the spring."

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Bridges responded with the best season of his young career, averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds per game. Both of those were career highs. 

NBA free agency negotiations began Thursday.

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