Chandler Parsons speaks on Miles Bridges returning to the NBA

Former NBA center, Chandler Parsons gave his opinion on Miles Bridges returning to play for the Charlotte Hornets after his suspension.

The topic of Miles Bridges’ return to the Charlotte Hornets has generated a lot of polarising opinions and debates, with some arguing that he shouldn’t be let to play basketball again. Nevertheless, Bridges fulfilled his league punishment for a domestic abuse incident. Bridges served a 30-game suspension from the league, of which the league considered 20 to have been served during the forward’s sitting-out period last year. As a result, Bridges missed the entire 2022–2023 season. Former NBA center, Chandler Parsons spoke about Miles Bridges coming back to play for Charlotte Hornets.

Charlotte Hornets press release

The Hornets released a statement on the 17th of November when Bridges played his first game after serving the ban. The statement from the Hornets read, “We are comfortable with Miles returning to play based on our current understanding of the facts of the recent allegations and remain in contact with the NBA as that matter proceeds through the court process.”

Bridges talks before his first game

Before his first game, Bridges talked about how he was just going to go out there and play. Bridges said, “I know a lot of people feel some type of way about me being back, and I understand that. It’ll be a while before I gain their trust back. So, I’m just going to go out there and play. If I get us some more wins, people’s perspective will change.” 

Chandler Parsons

In November 2022, Bridges was accused of felony domestic violence resulting in injury to a child’s parent. He entered a plea of not guilty. The gory revelations made many people think he shouldn’t play again.  Chandler Parsons, a former NBA centre, was one of them. Parsons said, “The Miles Bridges thing, again, I’m not really sure how this guy’s playing still.” 

Parsons went on to talk about how he is still baffled by how the NBA allowed him to come back so soon. He said, “I think with the situation with the woman, that’s never acceptable and it’s inexcusable. I think the NBA kind of dropped the ball on that even allowing him to play this early, this soon. To me, that’s a no-no. I don’t care what is said: A man never hits a woman. I have a daughter now. If that was my daughter, I don’t know how they handle it so cool.”

Parsons compared the incident to Memphis Grizzlies’ point guard, Ja Morant, who was suspended for showing firearms in social media posts.

Bridges has played in five games for the Hornets since getting back on the court, averaging 21.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists.

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