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Criminal charges related to a domestic violence case against Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges were dropped Tuesday due to “insufficient evidence,” court documents show.
Bridges was facing three charges for an alleged violation of a domestic violence protection order on Oct. 6, 2023, misdemeanor child abuse and damage to personal property.
The state said in a filing in Charlotte Mecklenburg County Court that prosecutors “would not be successful at trial.” The woman who accused Bridges gave conflicting stories about 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,” said court documents signed by prosecutor Samantha Pendergrass.
Superior Court documents say when police officers responded to a call they found a woman and her children in a vehicle with a damaged windshield. She initially told police that another woman in the home caused the damage, but then told them a few days later that it was Bridges who caused the damage.
Hornets’ Miles Bridges Allegedly Violated Domestic Violence Protective Order
Bridges is seen shooting over Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl in a game last week.
The woman later told prosecutors she was not sure how her car was damaged, according to court documents.
Bridges was scheduled to appear in court on February 20 to answer those charges.
He was sidelined for the entire 2022-23 NBA season as a result of the June 2022 domestic violence case. Bridges was accused of assaulting the mother of his children in front of them in Los Angeles.
In November 2022, he pleaded no contest to a felony charge of injuring the father of a child and agreed to do so in exchange for three years of probation and no jail time.
Bridges, 25, was also ordered to complete 52 weeks of parenting classes, 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and 100 hours of community service as part of the agreement.
Before the plea, Bridges had faced three felony charges, one of which he pleaded no contest and two of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death, and up to 11 years in prison.
Bridges missed the first 10 games of this season as part of a league-imposed suspension. He was officially suspended 30 games in April, and the NBA deemed 20 games into his 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.