Miles Bridges, a quarterback for the Charlotte Hornets, was fined $50,000 Thursday for throwing his mouthpiece into the crowd after being deposed from Wednesday's play-in game against the Hawks in Atlanta.
A male fan in the tunnel erupted his mouthpiece in that direction, striking a young woman after receiving two technical fouls for arguing a call.
After the game for the incident, Bridges apologized once more Thursday, following his departure from the game in Charlotte.
I had a lot of stuff that went on last night, Bridges said. I normally don't act like that, but it was an embarrassment for my part and the organization.
Bridges said he is willing to take "full responsibility" for any punishment the league has imposed.
Bridges said, I deserve it. You are never supposed to go out as a result of the fact that fans come to the game to watch you play. For their safety to be in danger at the time, that is wrong on my part. I take full responsibility.
Bridges said he has approached with a female supporter on Instagram, but hasn't heard back. The Hornets public relations department has stated that it is trying to contact Bridges with the fan.
The Associated Press