Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Celtics guard Jabari Bird allegedly choked girlfriend 12 times during reported assault

Celtics guard Jabari Bird allegedly choked girlfriend 12 times during reported assault

Prosecutors say Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird choked his girlfriend multiple times, kicked her and prevented her from leaving his apartment before he collapsed in distress.

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird entered a not guilty plea yesterday to charges of domestic assault, strangulation and kidnapping.

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Bird has been at a local Massachusets hospital, where he is under guarded watch, since the alleged assault last Friday.

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

Bird attacked the victim over the course of several hours, prosecutors said, at times throwing her against a wall.

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Bird, who pleaded not guilty, was released on $50,000 bail, and he is set to appear in court again October 25, nine days after Boston tips off its regular season.

"Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident", the statement reads. "I do not condone violence against women", Bird added.

The team released a statement earlier Thursday saying they were "deeply disturbed" by the allegations and "will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations".

Bird is expected to be arraigned sometime Thursday, the Suffolk district attorney's office said.

The Celtics said in their statement that, per the NBA's policy on domestic violence, "matters of this kind" are handled by the league. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust". The team will have no further comment at this time. She then told a member of the Celtics organization, who passed it onto the police and checked in on Bird while the victim was receiving treatment at the hospital. She also reported that he texted her after she escaped stating that if she didn't return to his apartment he would kill himself. 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. His next court date is set for October 25.

Bird, drafted in the second round in 2017, appeared in 13 games for the C's last season, and averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8:49 per game.

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