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Celtic Jabari Bird taking time off amid charges

Celtic Jabari Bird taking time off amid charges

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird was arrested last Friday after allegedly assaulting, strangling and kidnapping an unidentified person in a domestic incident.

Bird is now held until a $50,000 cash bail is posted, as cash is all the court is willing to accept.

Bird was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, and was being "guarded" by the police while there.

Bird's accuser is a 20-year-old student at a prominent university in Boston. She also said Bird kicked her in the stomach, dragged her as she tried to escape and closed her in a bathroom.

Celtics "deeply disturbed" by allegations "Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident", the Celtics said in a statement after the arraignment. "I do not condone violence against women", Bird added.

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

Spears, Bird released an official statement regarding the allegations, saying he'll be "taking some time away from the team as he deals with his legal and medical issues". "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust".




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.

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.

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

Bird then signed a two-year, standard National Basketball Association contract in July - making him an official member of the Celtics' 15-man roster - after averaging 16.8 points on 57 percent shooting in summer league.

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

Bird was drafted with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of California. Last season he signed a one-year, two-way contract and spent most of the season with the team's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. He played in 13 games during his rookie season, averaging 3.3 points over 8.8 minutes per game.


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