Friday, 21 September, 2018

Celtics' Jabari Bird Accused Of Violently Attacking His Girlfriend For Hours

Jabari Bird of the Boston Celtics during a court appearance Jabari Bird of the Boston Celtics during a court appearance
Cassandra Castillo | 14 September, 2018, 13:07

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird was arrested over the weekend and arraigned Thursday on a series of disturbing charges, and the team has finally chose to address the situation.

Prosecutors on Thursday accused the Boston Celtics guard of assaulting his girlfriend at his apartment last Friday night for four hours, strangling her multiple times and at one point making her lose consciousness, according to MassLive's Tom Westerholm.

At the arraignment, Bird was charged with assault and battery with a unsafe weapon, assault and battery of a family or household member, kidnapping and strangulation, following his arrest over the weekend.

Bird was ordered to not have any contact with the alleged victim or any witnesses, and he must stay away from her college. Bird was originally scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, but that was delayed as he remained hospitalized at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

On Thursday, the Celtics released a statement saying the team does not condone domestic violence in any way and is "deeply disturbed" by the allegations against Bird.

Jabari Bird appears for his arraignment on domestic violence charges.

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The team notes that domestic violence issues are handled by the NBA's main office. CBS Boston reports that the judge set bail at $50,000 cash, which is due by 4 pm today.

The police report said there was text message evidence that Bird threatened to kill himself if his girlfriend didn't return to the apartment, and upon returning she had found Jabari Bird passed out in the bathroom displaying "seizure-like symptoms".

The Celtics selected Bird with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Only the first year is guaranteed.

"I'm taking some time away from the team as I deal with my legal and medical issues", Bird said in the statement.

Bird is scheduled to return to court on October 25. He played in Boston on a two-way contract last season and was expected to be one of the last players on the bench of a championship contender. Police have not released details, including who the victim was or where the attack happened, citing a state law that bans police from discussing domestic violence investigations.

In a statement, the Celtics expressed sympathy towards the victim, and said they are helping authorities with the investigation.

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