Boston 'deeply disturbed' by charges against Jabari Bird

Ruben Hill
September 14, 2018

Jabari Bird appeared in court Thursday for his arraignment after he was arrested on assault charges.

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. CBS Boston reports that the judge set bail at $50,000 cash, which is due by 4 pm today.

The ordeal, sparked by what the woman called "trust issues, ' went on for several hours, she said, until Bird experienced 'seizure-like" symptoms and fell.

Bird choked the woman unconscious, threw her against the wall and dragged her by the ankles when she tried to leave his apartment in the Brighton neighborhood, police said. His next court date is set for October 25.

Bird is being represented by Brian T. Kelly, a former federal prosecutor who spent years purusing and then successfully prosecuting James "Whitey" Bulger; and Robert Fisher, who prosecuted Massachusetts Probation Department officials in a case that was overturned on appeal, the Globe has learned.

"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.

The Celtics released an updated statement following Bird's arraignment: "Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident". The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird. "I apologize to my family, the Celtics organization, my teammates, the fans and the National Basketball Association for the unnecessary distraction that I have caused".

The Celtics have acknowledged they know of Bird's arrest, but have declined further comment since the weekend. The information that has been released does not tell the full story.

The Boston Celtics are reportedly "deeply disturbed" by allegations against Jabari Bird and are now working with the National Basketball Association and local authorities in assisting on the investigation, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. A Summer League standout this past July, Bird recently signed a two-year contract, which featured a fully guaranteed contract for the 2018-19 season, with the Celtics to round out their National Basketball Association roster.

He is slated to make $1.5 million in 2018-19, but his contract isn't guaranteed.

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