Editor’s Note: The following story contains graphic material about alleged physical abuse; reader’s discretion is advised.
Mychelle Johnson, wife of former Michigan state basketball player, striking and topical Charlotte Hornets player Miles Bridges, shared a series of photos on social media taken after his alleged assault on her.
Show court data: Bridges turned into Los Angeles authorities on Wednesday for a physical altercation that took place on Tuesday. He is charged with domestic violence and is due to appear in court again on July 20.
Bridges, a 24-year-old NBA star who attended Michigan state for two years and is a resident of Flint, posted a $130,000 bond on Wednesday.
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Johnson took to social media on Friday to share photos that resemble notes from a medical exam and her experience of what happened.
“I hate that it’s come to this, but I can’t keep quiet anymore,” Johnson said. “I have allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way and traumatize our children for life.
“I have nothing to prove to the world, but I will not allow anyone who could do such a terrible thing to have no regrets and paint a picture of something that I am not.”
The photos show a swollen lip and nose, discolored hands, a swollen wrist, bruises on her ear, arm, back and cuts to her leg. A page of her emergency department discharge papers listed a series of injuries before her diagnosis.
“Adult victim of physical abuse by male partner; assault by strangulation; concussion; closed fracture of nasal bone; contusion of rib; multiple contusions; neck muscle strain,” the document reads.
Johnson wrote in her post that she will no longer be silenced or the people around him will continue to lie and protect “this person”.
“It’s unethical, it’s immoral, it’s really SICK,” her post continued. “It hurts my heart because I’ve always had hope, and so much love and as scary as this is for me to do, it’s time I stood up for myself.
“I will no longer be silent to protect others because I value myself and my children more than anyone’s ‘image’ … a fracture (d) nose, wrist, ruptured eardrum, ruptured muscles in my neck from suffocation until I went to oozing and a severe concussion.”
Johnson’s post said the incident took place in front of the couple’s young children.
“I don’t need sympathy, I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else, I just want this person to get help. My kids deserve better,” she wrote. “It hurts, everything hurts, this situation hurts, the most important thing is that I am afraid and hurt for my children who witnessed everything.”
The alleged incident took place less than 48 hours earlier NBA free agency where Bridges was a top name and expected to land a contract for over $100 million.
A 6-foot-6, 225-pound ahead, Bridges was a five star recruit out of Huntington Prep (West Virginia) in the class of 2016. He endeared himself with thunderous dunks to the Spartans and his ability to score, rebound, handle and defend made him a force in college basketball.
He was the 12th pick in the 2018 NBA Draw, drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers and distributed to the Hornets on draft night. (The pick was originally the Detroit Pistons’, but was traded in the Blake Griffin deal.)
Bridges has averaged 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 291 games about his four-year career with Charlotte. He had his best season in 2021-22 and was in talks for the Most Improved Player award, averaging 20.2 points, seven rebounds and 3.8 assists in 80 games.
The Hornets released a statement Thursday saying they are gathering more information and have no comment.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Miles Bridges’ wife posts photos of alleged violent abuse