Jabari Bird's bail set at $50,000 on domestic-violence charges

Jabari Bird

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird was arraigned on charges of assault and battery, assault and battery with a unsafe weapon, strangulation and kidnapping Thursday morning.

At Thursday's arraignment, prosecutors contended that the 24-year-old kept a former romantic partner trapped in an apartment for four hours, threw her against a wall, and strangled her multiple times, including once when she lost consciousness.

At the arraignment, Bird was charged with assault and battery with a risky weapon, assault and battery of a family or household member, kidnapping and strangulation, following his arrest over the weekend. "Bird allegedly dragged the victim by the ankles away from a door when she tried to leave".

Before the arraignment, Bird had been in custody in a hospital, where he received a psychological evaluation.

The Celtics released an official statement regarding the allegations, saying that their "thoughts were with the victim" and that they were "deeply disturbed by the allegations". Pursuant to Domestic Violence Policy in the NBA's labor agreement, matters of this kind are handled by the League Office, not the team, and so the Celtics will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations.

'I'm taking some time away from the team as I deal with my legal and medical issues.

Bird will be held on bail and be released under special conditions.

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

What is Bird's employment status with the Celtics?

Boston drafted Bird in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. Only the first year is guaranteed.

At the arraignment, one of Bird's attorneys, Brian T. Kelly, said there are "always two sides" to incidents, but acknowledged his client understands the "seriousness of the allegations".

Bird is scheduled to return to court on October 25. 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. 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 allegations are disturbing and we are conducting a full investigation of the matter", a league spokesman said in a statement.

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