Jabari Bird taking break from Celtics after domestic violence charges


Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges at Thursday's arraignment in municipal court, where the alleged sordid details were revealed for the first time.

Celtics guard Jabari Bird is stepping away from the team following his arrest for domestic violence.

Bird spent several days in a hospital after his arrest.

Bird's accuser is a 20-year-old student at a prominent university in Boston.

As reported by TMZ Sports and CBS Sports, the assault is alleged to have lasted for several hours, during which the victim claims to have been strangled at least a dozen times.

Bail was set at $50,000, with the condition that Bird stay away from the victim, abstain from alcohol and drugs, and continue treatment.

The Celtics have called the allegations disturbing and said the team's "thoughts are with the victim".

More news: Kemi Adeosun: How I got my NYSC exemption certificate
More news: Weatherman called out for faking battle with wind during Florence
More news: Tourists injured after rockfall at pristine beach in Greece's Zakynthos

Police said the incident occurred at Bird's girlfriend's apartment. "The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird", the Celtics said. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust".

The NBA League Office has the final say on what will ultimately be decided in situations like these, but regardless, the Celtics should cut ties with Bird and go on their merry way.

"The woman told police Bird was having "seizure like" symptoms when she eventually escaped".

The Celtics said in their statement that, per the NBA's policy on domestic violence, "matters of this kind" are handled by the league. "She said Bird texted her that he would kill himself if she didn't come back". The team will have no further comment at this time.

It is unclear whether or not Bird will remain in custody at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where he has been since apprehended, make bail, or be moved to a detention facility.

Bird, a second-round draft choice of the Celtics in 2017 out of California, signed a two-year contract with the team this summer after splitting his rookie season between Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League.

Bird also played 13 games for Boston, averaging 3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 8.8 minutes per game.