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Hornets’ Miles Bridges fined $50,000 for throwing spokesman


Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges had a pretty lousy Wednesday night.

Bridges and his teammates were propelled into the offseason via a blowout 132-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Wednesday’s playoff that Charlotte would rather forget quickly, and the 24-year-old was kicked out of the contest after complaining vehemently about a call from the goalkeeper to match official James Williams:

Bridges’ situation worsened, however, when he threw his spokesperson into the stands while heckled by at least one fan. The mouthpiece hit a girl believed to be 16, and ESPN and the Associated Press are reporting that Bridges has been fined $50,000 by the NBA for his actions.

“I was aiming for the guy who was yelling at me and it hit a little girl,” Bridges explained shortly after the loss, per ESPN (h/t ABC). “So this is definitely unacceptable of me and I take full responsibility. … It’s not in my character. You’ve been around me; I don’t act like that and I never flash like that.

“So that was definitely wrong, lots of emotions and hopefully I can get in touch with the young girl and offer my sincere apologies and do something nice for her, but that’s definitely on me.”

To his credit, Bridges also tweeted about it:

Earlier today, ESPN personalities Jay Williams and Tim Legler correctly predicted that Bridges would be fined but not suspended for his actions:

Bridges reached out to the young fan via Instagram, and the Hornets are trying to connect him with the individual as well.




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