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Miles Bridges wants to put the worst day of his life behind him and resume his NBA career

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges will be eligible to return to the NBA hardcourt starting this Friday. The team has already said that it is "comfortable" with his return, but it remains to be seen the reactions of the fans.

Bridges has already served the 30-day suspension he received for the domestic violence allegations he faces. The Charlotte management has already set its position on the matter in a statement published today.

"We are comfortable with Miles returning to play based on our current understanding of the facts of the recent allegations and remain in contact with the NBA as that matter proceeds through the court process," says the brief press release.

Some of his teammates expressed their support, such as PJ Washington, who said: "I can't wait for y'all to see him. I know he's excited to play." In turn, LaMello Ball assured that Bridges "is a contributor. Good at offense and defense, so glad to have him back."

Bridges hopes to change the public's perspective

For his part, the player admitted feeling anxious about his return to the court. "I feel a little bit of everything. Anxious, I would say anxious. Basketball is supposed to be my sanctuary. For me to be away from it for a year, it's been hard for me."

At the same time, he admitted that people's feelings towards him are very diverse and anticipated that it would take a while before he could regain their trust. "So I'm just gonna go out there and play. If I get us some more wins, people's perspective will change," he declared.

While that happens, Bridges will stay focused on what happens on the court: "Stay locked in on basketball. I can't control different things that happen. I can control what I can."

The accusations against Bridges

The small forward was arrested in late June 2022 on charges of domestic violence against his partner and mother of his two children, Mychelle Johnson.

According to the medical report, Bridges strangled Johnson, also causing her a concussion, a fracture of her nasal bone, rib contusions, multiple bruises, and a strained neck muscle.

In mid-July, the player was charged with one felony count of injuring the parent of a child and two counts of child abuse. Bridges pleaded not guilty to all three charges. He received three years of probation for the domestic violence charge. The other two were dismissed.

In October 2023, Bridges was accused of violating his probation and a restraining order during an incident earlier that month in which he allegedly threw billiard balls at Johnson's car, breaking the windshield.

The player turned himself in on October 13 and was released on $1,000 bail.

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