Complications Arise for Charlotte Hornets Player
Charlotte Hornets player, Miles Bridges, was denied entry into Canada for a game against the Toronto Raptors, according to ESPN. The player’s past legal troubles seemed to have caused complications, resulting in him being turned away at the border.
Plea Deal to Avoid Jail Time
Bridges had previously pleaded guilty to a felony charge of injuring a child’s parent. To avoid jail time, he made a plea deal. In April, the NBA announced that Bridges would serve a suspension, with credit given for the 20 games he sat out during the previous season. As a result, he missed the first 10 games of the current season.
Hornets Coach Declines Comment
Hornets coach, Steve Clifford, declined to comment on the specific reason for Bridges’ absence during a press conference before the game. He simply stated that neither Bridges nor rookie center Nathan Mensah would be present.
Three Years Probation for Domestic Violence Case
Bridges is currently serving three years of probation for a domestic violence case from June 2022. The incident involved the mother of his two children, who accused him of assaulting her in front of their children. As part of his probation, Bridges must adhere to a 10-year criminal protection order, undergo weekly narcotics and marijuana testing, and pay restitution.
Entry Denied Based on Admissibility Requirements
The Canada Border Services Agency stated that they do not provide details on specific cases, but individuals seeking entry into the country must demonstrate that they meet the requirements. Factors such as involvement in criminal activity, human rights violations, organized crime, security, health, or financial reasons are considered when determining admissibility.
Pending Case for Protection Order Violation
Bridges surrendered to authorities in October after an arrest warrant was issued for an alleged violation of the protection order. According to court documents, he knowingly and unlawfully violated the order by continually contacting the victim. The case is still pending.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.