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

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird was arraigned on charges  assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, strangulation and kidnapping Thursday morning.

According to reports, Bird is accused violently attacking his girlfriend, including chocking her approximately a dozen times, during an argument at her Brighton apartment last Friday. CBS Boston reports that the judge set bail at $50,000 cash, which is due by 4 pm today.

Per CBS Boston,

According to Boston Celtics beat reporter Tom Westerholm, Bird’s release will be pending conditions, including no drugs or alcohol, no weapons, and court-ordered supervision. He will be allowed to travel with the Celtics, if it’s court-approved, and his former high school basketball coach will reportedly come to Boston to help supervise him while the case is pending.

The Celtics released an updated statement following Bird’s arraignment: “Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim this incident. The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence 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 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.”

Bird, 24, was selected by the Celtics with the 56th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He appeared in just 13 games last season.

Celtic's Jabari Bird Arrested For Assaulting, Choking & Kidnapping Somebody

Sophomore guard Jabari Bird the the Boston Celtics has been arrested for what the Boston police call a “domestic incident.” This means, according to the Boston Globe, that he (allegedly) “assaulted, choked, and kidnapped somebody.” Whatever happened in the “domestic incident” or later when the police were arresting Bird, it was violent enough to land the young player in the hospital where he is being “guarded” by the police. the victim the “incident” has been taken to another hospital “for treatment with injuries sustained,” according to John Boyle, a spokesperson for the Boston Police. 

The Celtics seem to be as unclear on the specifics as the rest us. They released a statement saying: “we are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time,” saying also that they are taking the whole thing “very seriously.”

Doubtless the team is not excited about the news, especially considering Bird’s growing potential and the faith they’ve already put in him, signing him (a 58th-overall pick) to a $3 million dollar, two-year deal in July. The signing came after Bird averaged 19.3 points in the G-League this past season. In the summer league this year he put up a 57% shooting percentage. 

Jabari Bird will appear in court on Monday.