Editors’ note: The following story contains documentary material detailing the alleged physical abuse. reader discretion is advised.
Mychelle Johnson, wife of former Michigan State basketball player and current Charlotte Hornets player Miles Bridges, shared a series of photos on social media taken after she was allegedly assaulted.
Court records show Bridges turned himself in to Los Angeles authorities on Wednesday for a physical altercation that happened on Tuesday. He is charged with felony domestic abuse and is due back in court on July 20.
Bridges, a 24-year-old NBA standout who attended Michigan for two years and is a Flint native, posted $130,000 bond Wednesday.
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Johnson took to social media on Friday to share photos of what appear to be notes from a medical exam and her experience of what happened.
“I hate that it has come to this, but I can’t keep quiet anymore,” Johnson’s post read. “I allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every possible way and scar our children for life.
“I have nothing to prove to the world, but I will not allow anyone who could do something so horrible to have no remorse and paint something that is not me.”
The photos show swollen lips and nose, discolored hands, swollen wrist, bruises on her ear, hand, back and cuts on her leg. On one page of her emergency department discharge papers, a series of injuries is listed as her diagnosis.
“Adult victim of physical abuse by male partner, assault by strangulation, concussion, closed nasal bone fracture, rib contusions, multiple contusions, neck muscle strain,” the document states.
Johnson, in her post, wrote that he will no longer shut up or let those around him continue to lie and protect “this person.”
“It’s unethical, it’s unethical, it’s really sick,” her post continued. “My heart hurts because I’ve always had hope, and so much love, and as scary as this is for me, it’s time to stand up for myself.
“I will no longer be silent to protect others because I value myself and my children more than anyone else’s ‘image’… a fracture(d) nose, wrist, torn ear drum, torn muscles in my neck from choking to death leave. to leak and a serious concussion.”
Johnson’s post said the incident happened 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 occurred less than 48 hours before the start of NBA free agency, where Bridges was the top name available and expected to sign a contract for more than $100 million.
A 6-foot-5, 225-pound forward, Bridges was a five-star recruit out of Huntington Prep (West Virginia) in the class of 2016. He endeared himself with thunderous dunks for the Spartans and his ability to score, rebound, his ball handling and defense made him a force in college basketball.
He was the 12th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers and dealt to the Hornets on draft night. (The pick originally belonged to the Detroit Pistons, but was traded in the Blake Griffin deal.)
Bridges averaged 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 291 games during his four-year career with Charlotte. He had his best season in 2021-22 and was in the conversation for the Most Improved Player award, averaging 20.2 points, seven rebounds and 3.8 assists in 80 games.
The Pistons entered the week with enough money to make a lucrative offer, and Bridges was considered an option. But the team decided to draft contracts.
The Hornets released a statement Thursday saying they were gathering more information and had no comment.
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This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Miles Bridges’ wife releases photos detailing alleged violent abuse