Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges took to social media after he was ejected from the team’s 132-103 play-in loss to the host Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, calling his actions as he exited to court « unacceptable. »
With Atlanta up big in the second half and Charlotte’s season winding down to its end, Bridges was whistled for a goaltending call on 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 left the court and headed to the Charlotte locker, a Hawks fan yelled in his direction, leading him to turn around and throw his mouthpiece, which appeared to hit a young woman standing up in one of State Farm Arena’s lower seats.
« Somebody get me in touch with the young lady, » Bridges tweeted later Wednesday night. « That’s unacceptable. »
It was among the low points on a night filled with several of them for Charlotte, which was overwhelmed in the 9-10 play-in game for the second year in a row and hasn’t made the playoffs since 2016.
Asked about Bridges’ actions after the loss, Charlotte coach James Borrego said he wasn’t aware of what happened.
« I’m sure we’ll gather some more information and I need some time to talk to Miles and I know he was very emotional at the time, so I’ll gather some more information, » Borrego said.
James Capers, the crew chief for Wednesday’s game, said Bridges was given the first technical because he « aggressively approached the official with a clenched fist. »
« He was ejected because he used profanity directed at the official and it was his second technical foul, by rule, that is an automatic ejection, » Capers said via the pool report.
Bridges is now subject to NBA discipline for his actions.