Celtics second-year pro Jabari Bird was arrested Friday night for a domestic violence incident in which the Celtic guard is accused of assaulting, strangling, and kidnapping a person, according to the Boston Police Department.
Statement from Boston PD on Jabari Bird: pic.twitter.com/kgi0ZBwqd3— Nicole Yang (@nicolecyang) September 8, 2018
According to the police, the 24-year-old Bird was guarded by police at the hospital while undergoing an evaluation.
The Boston Police also confirmed that Bird will be due in Brighton Municipal Court this Monday, where he will face arraignment on charges of domestic assault and battery, strangulation, and kidnapping.
Bird, a second-round pick of the C’s back in 2017, turned his one-year, two-way deal in 2017-18 into a two-year deal worth at least $3 million behind a strong performance in the Summer League this past July. Bird’s new deal, which is guaranteed for the 2018-19 season, essentially saw him land the final spot on Boston’s crowded roster for the upcoming season.
What this incident means for Bird’s future in Boston, though, remains up in the air.
Celtics president Danny Ainge declined to comment to multiple outlets this morning, though the team released a statement.
“We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously,” the statement read. “We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time.”
The Celtics are expected to open training camp on Sept. 25.