Read Jabari Bird's statement following his arraignment

Celtics guard Jabari Bird to be arraigned on domestic violence charge

Celtics guard Jabari Bird to be arraigned on domestic violence charge

Boston Celtics second-year wing Jabari Bird was arrested last week after an alleged domestic violence incident that took place in Brighton.

Prosecutors allege that Bird strangled his girlfriend, a college student, to the point that she lost consciousness for a period of time.

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 incident report continues to say that the victim found Bird "passed out" and "displaying "seizure-like" symptoms" once she escaped from the bathroom that Bird placed her in.

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


'The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird, ' the team said in a statement.

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

A management agency that represents Bird released the statement just hours after an arraignment hearing in which Bird was held on $50,000 bail. His girlfriend reportedly told police that, after she left his apartment, he texted her, saying he would kill himself if she did not return. Only the first year is guaranteed. 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 future is now uncertain. He is next due in court October 25.

"I'm taking some time away from the team as I deal with my legal and medical issues", Bird said in the statement, via ESPN's Marc J. Spears. In the meantime, he can travel out of state only with the Celtics, should the organisation keep him on the roster entering this month's training camp. The team said it "will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations". This past May, the league and its players' union also launched a mental health program to counsel players who are actively addressing issues such as anxiety and depression.

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