We may view NBA players purely as athletes and forget they are actual people living life with their families around them - that's often their criticism of fans and media. The recent news about Miles Bridges is a horrible reminder that there are a lot of things more important than basketball and that someone's popularity as an athlete should in no way be an escape rope from consequences for their actions. According to Mychelle Johnson's post, that's exactly what's been happening.
“I have nothing to prove to the world, but I won’t allow anyone who could do something so horrible to have no remorse and paint a picture of something I’m not. I won’t allow the people around him to continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person. It’s unethical, it’s immoral, it’s truly SICK. 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 stand up for myself. I won’t be silent to protect others anymore because I value myself and my kids more than anyones ‘image’”
More important than basketball
A few days ago, a report came out that Miles Bridges was accused of domestic violence. Our first reaction was to the timing of the accusation and how it will affect his hunt for a max contract. That was wrong. Similar to Ray Rice and many before and after, only when the victim stepped out, and we saw images of what had happened, we realized where our focus should be.
Bridges' wife, Mychelle Johnson, came out on Instagram yesterday, posting gruesome pictures of her injuries and the diagnosis proving her accusations. In a long paragraph, Mychelle explained this has been going on for a while, coming out with everything and completely exposing Miles Bridges.
Possibly the worst part of the whole situation is the couple shares two little children, and they had to witness their dad doing something so unthinkable to their mom. A scar they will carry with them for their life. What will happen with Miles legally next is to be determined. The NBA will surely take some action, as this kind of behavior from their players will never be tolerated.
As for Bridges, coming off the season of his career, averaging 20.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, and 3.8 apg, he has earned the right to demand a max-level contract. We can surely say that will not be happening. While Bridges might've gotten away with controversial IG stories, where he was seen consuming beverages of possibly illegal content, the NBA is not the NFL. This will not be swept under the rug.
Free agency has started, and the Hornets have already made it clear they will not be giving him the max. The Pistons were rumored to be interested, but after all this, there is serious doubt any team will be interested in signing Miles Bridges.