Prosecutors Said Celtic Jabari Bird Strangled Girlfriend A Dozen Times


Bird, 24, was held on $50,000 bail after not-guilty pleas to domestic violence-related charges were entered on his behalf. Prosecutors allege that Bird strangled his girlfriend, a college student, a dozen times during the altercation.

According to prosecutors, the woman told police that Bird strangled her and threw her against a wall after they got into an argument at Bird's residence.

Per The Athletic's Shams Charania, the incident involving the 24-year-old Bird, who is facing multiple charges for the incident and was reportedly on suicide watch during his hospital stay over the weekend, will be investigated by the National Basketball Association.

CBS Boston reported that Bird's agent insisted posting an all-cash bail was "ridiculous", but the Brighton Municipal Court only accepts cash, so this was not a special condition applied only to Bird. When the alleged victim did leave the residence, Bird was described to be in "mental distress".

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An attorney for Bird did not dispute the specific allegations at the hearing, but he told the judge that there are "always two sides to every story".

He apologized to his family, the Celtics, his teammates, fans and the National Basketball Association "for the unnecessary distraction that I have caused".

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird says he's taking some time off as he deals with his health and domestic violence charges involving an alleged assault of his girlfriend.

The team notes that domestic violence issues are handled by the NBA's main office. I do not condone violence against women.

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The Celtics, meanwhile, made a statement of their own following the latest developments. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust".

He reportedly texted her that if she did not return to the apartment, he would kill himself.

Bird was transferred Saturday to an undisclosed hospital for what police have called an "evaluation" that continued until Thursday when it appeared doctors treating him had concluded he was sufficently healthy to appear in court.

The Celtics selected Bird with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Signed to a one-year, two-way contract, he spent the majority of his rookie season with Boston's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. He appeared in 13 regular-season games for the Celtics last season, averaging 3 points per game.

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