The Charlotte Hornets recently announced negotiations are underway to extend the contract of restricted free agent Miles Bridges, despite his domestic violence case earlier this year. According to ESPN, the team and Bridges are “gathering traction in talks on a new deal” that could happen soon.
The 24-year-old power forward made headlines this summer for assaulting his wife, Mychelle Johnson, in front of their children, as Blavity reported. The couple has been together since 2016, and they have two children: a son, Ace Miles, 3, and a daughter, Aylä Marie, 2.
Johnson went public about the abuse by posting images of her bruised face and body on Instagram. She captioned the since-deleted photos, “I don’t need sympathy, I just don’t want this happening to anyone else. I just want this person to get help, my kids deserve better. That’s all I want.”
Bridges was released on a $130,000 bond and pleaded no contest to one felony domestic violence charge of injuring a child’s parent, receiving three years of probation.
The NBA player has spent four years with the Hornets. One day before his June arrest, he was set to begin his free agency period with a “projected maximum contract worth around $173 million.”