Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges apologized for throwing his mouthpiece, which struck a young fan, on Wednesday night during a season-ending loss in Atlanta.
Bridges was ejected after picking up his second technical foul during the Atlanta Hawks’ 132-103 victory in the NBA’s Play-in Tournament, which brought a curtain on Charlotte’s 2021-22 campaign.
As Bridges was led off the State Farm Arena floor, a man, seated in the second row and wearing a yellow hat, mockingly waved goodbye to the forward.
That’s when Bridges angrily threw his mouthpiece in the man’s direction, striking the fan in the first row. The mouthpiece bounced off the left side of her head and she did not appear to be injured.
Bridges himself retweeted video of the incident and said he was at fault: “Somebody get me in contact with the young lady. That’s unacceptable.”
A contrite Bridges told reporters after the game that he shouldn’t have lashed out in frustration.
“I let my temper get the best of me,” Bridges said. “That was definitely the wrong thing to do by throwing my mouthpiece.”