Miles Bridges pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony charge of domestic violence as part of a plea deal in which he will avoid prison time.
Bridges, a 24-year-old NBA free agent, was accused with one count of domestic violence and two counts of child abuse in July.
Michelle Johnson, who has two children with Bridges, posted graphic images days later it was evident that her face was bruised and battered. She said Bridges assaulted her, causing a concussion and other injuries. She said Bridges choked her “until I went to sleep.”
Two charges were dropped in the deal, and Bridges declared the lack of competition to domestic violence against a spouse or other cohabitant, according to ESPN. Johnson’s lawyers said she agreed to the deal.
According to ESPN, Bridges will be on probation for three years. He must complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling and 52 weeks of parenting classes and serve 100 hours of community service.
The settlement also includes a 10-year restraining order that prohibits Bridges from coming within 100 yards of Johnson, according to ESPN. Sharing custody of their two children, Ace Miles and Isla Marie, must be done through third parties.
Bridges had the best NBA season of his career in 2021-22 and was expected to draw a lot of interest in free agency. However, the charges were announced days before the signing period opened, and Bridges remains without a team. He could still be suspended by the NBA.