The NBA has dealt with its fair share of off-court incidents in recent months, including a couple of disturbing domestic violence cases.
Miles Bridges, of the Charlotte Hornets, was arrested last year and charged with three felony counts, while Houston Rockets’ Kevin Porter Jr. was put into custody after allegedly assaulting his then-girlfriend in New York City.
Bridges pled no contest to injuring a child’s parent and had the two other charges dropped; the woman denied that Porter hit her last month, despite prosecutors saying otherwise.
Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley recognizes there is an issue, and while he was on the air for TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on the league’s season opener, Barkley pressed NBA commissioner Adam Silver on the situation.
Barkley, seemingly going late to a commercial, asked Silver how he is addressing the “disturbing” incidents.
“I think all of the leagues are trying to address this issue. But I know, our players’ association, credit to them, this was an adversary,” Silver said. “We put in place a new program for how we deal with accusations of domestic violence even before they’re prosecuted. Part of it goes to training our players, counseling of our players to make sure they understand during high-stress situations that obviously never resort to violence against anyone.
“We’re addressing it. We have state-of-the-art counseling and professionals for our players. But of course, if a guy does cross the line, the consequences are enormous.”
The NBA announced in April that Bridges was suspended 30 games for the incident, but the league gave Bridges credit for 20 days “already served” because he did not play during the 2022-23 season. No moves have been made on Porter’s front from the NBA, but he is currently away from his team.