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Celtics guard Jabari Bird to be arraigned on domestic violence charge

Celtics guard Jabari Bird to be arraigned on domestic violence charge”

The 24-year-old player was held on $50,000 bail Thursday after not-guilty pleas to domestic violence-related charges were entered on his behalf.

UPDATE (1:30 p.m. ET): Bird has been accused of felony charges of kidnapping, strangulation, domestic assault and battery and assault and battery with a risky weapon, according to The Athletic's Jared Weiss, who posted photos of the criminal complaint brought against Bird on Twitter. "The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird", the Celtics said.

The Celtics addressed Thursday's hearing in a statement, saying the matter will be handled by the National Basketball Association rather than the team. "I do not condone violence against women", Bird added.

The police report from the incident says Bird threw the woman against a wall and continued the attack for roughly four hours. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust".

Police said Bird threatened to do himself harm in a text message to the victim.

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.

Bird was ordered to not have any contact with the alleged victim or any witnesses, and he must stay away from her college.

"Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident", the statement reads.

The team notes that domestic violence issues are handled by the NBA's main office.

Bird strangled the woman with two hands about 12 times, causing her to lose consciousness, she told police.

The Celtics have acknowledged they know of Bird's arrest, but have declined further comment since the weekend.

Bird had been held at a local hospital for evaluation, which delayed the arraignment hearing to Thursday.

The Celtics drafted Bird in the second round, 56th overall, out of California in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft.

A 2017 second-round pick out of the University of California, Bird recently signed a two-year contract with the Celtics after appearing in 13 games in his rookie season while also playing in the G-League.



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