Celtics guard Jabari Bird violently attacked his girlfriend for several hours in a recent incident, prosecutors say.
Via CBS Boston, Bird is facing domestic violence charges that include kidnapping and strangulation stemming from a Sept. 7 incident at his girlfriend’s apartment in Brighton. Bird was arrested after the incident and taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, where he stayed under police surveillance. He was arraigned at Brighton Municipal Court on Thursday.
Prosecutors allege that Bird strangled his girlfriend to the point of unconsciousness during the incident, and at one point threw her against a wall. The victim allegedly hid under her bed and locked herself in the bathroom over the course of the incident.
According to MassLive’s Tom Westerholm, Bird repeatedly kicked her in the stomach as part of the alleged attack. He’s reportedly being held on $100,000 bail, $50,000 of which needs to be cash.
The Celtics issued a new statement on the case on Thursday:
Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident. The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird. Pursuant to Domestic Violence Policy in the NBA’s labor agreement, matters of this kind are handled by the League Office, not the team, and so the Celtics will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations. The team will have no further comment at this time.
According to Westerholm, the court could still approve Bird to be allowed to travel with the Celtics. His pending release would have to include court-ordered supervision.
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