Charlotte Hornets forward, Miles Bridgestook to social media after he was ejected in his team’s 132-103 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, calling his actions on the court “unacceptable.”
With Atlanta going big in the second half and Charlotte’s season coming to an end, Bridges was whistled for a call on a play about De’Andre Hunter midway through the fourth quarter and immediately went after game official James Williams, who called two quick technicals on the fourth-year player.
As Bridges walked off the court and headed to Charlotte’s locker room, a Hawks fan yelled in his direction, prompting him to turn around and throw his mouth guard, which appeared to hit a young woman standing on the ground. one of the lower seats at the State Farm Arena.
“Somebody put me in touch with the young lady,” Bridges tweeted later Wednesday night. “That is unacceptable.”
It was one of the low points in a night filled with several for Charlotte, which was overwhelmed in the play-in game for the second straight year and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2016.
When asked about Bridges’ actions after the loss, Charlotte coach James Borrego said he wasn’t aware of what happened.
“I’m sure we’ll be gathering more information and I need some time to talk to Miles and I know he was very emotional at the time so I’ll be gathering more information,” Borrego said.
James Capers, the crew chief for Wednesday’s game, said Bridges received the first technique because he “aggressively approached the official with a clenched fist.”
“He was ejected because he used profanity directed at the referee and it was his second technical foul, by rule that’s an automatic eject,” Capers said in the group report.
Bridges is now subject to NBA discipline for his actions.
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