Just one day after the Charlotte Hornets made Miles Bridges a restricted free agent by extending him a qualifying offer, the star forward was arrested on at least one felony domestic violence charge in Los Angeles, according to a spokesperson from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Bridges turned himself into a Los Angeles jail on Wednesday following an allegedly violent altercation with a woman on Tuesday. No additional information was released by the LAPD. Per a report from TMZ Sports, the woman required medical attention from the encounter and Bridges had already left the scene when police arrived.
The 24-year-old Bridges was released from jail after posting a $130,000 bail and is due back in a Los Angeles court on July 20.
The saga overlapped with a Hornets press conference Tuesday in which GM Mitch Kupchak introduced new coach Steve Clifford.
“As an organization, we love Miles and we are going to bring him back,” Kupchak said. “He’s been great for the franchise and I believe with his work ethic he’s only going to get better.”
Bridges — a 2018 first-round pick out of Michigan State — wrapped up his fourth season with the Hornets this spring, averaging a career-high 20.2 points and seven rebounds during the 2021-22 season.
Bridges turned down a four-year, $60 million deal from Charlotte before last season, and following his breakout campaign the Flint, Michigan, native was expected to fetch a contract worth more than $20 million per season.
The $7.9 million qualifying offer that the Hornets gave Bridges this week hands the team the ability to match any open market contract.