Boston Celtics Guard Arrested Following Horrifying Domestic Reports
Horrifying news are coming out from Boston surrounding the arrest of Celtics guard Jabari Bird.
Arrested for strangulation, assault, and kidnapping, prosecutors alleged that Bird strangled a female at least a dozen times over the span of a four hour period last Friday. An argument broke out at Bird’s residence, which led to Bird strangling a woman and throwing her against a wall. The victim claims Bird kicked her multiple times and strangling her until she went limp, allowed her to catch her breath before proceeding to choke her again. When she attempted to escape, Bird would drag her away from the door and shut her in a bathroom.
According to police, the woman was able to leave the residence after Bird passed out with “seizure-like” symptoms.
Bird plead not guilty and is expected to be back in court at the end of October.
“I’m taking some time away from the team as I deal with my legal and medical issues,” Bird said in a statement. “I apologize to my family, the Celtics organization, my teammates, the fans and the NBA for the unnecessary distraction that I have caused. The information that has been released does not tell the full story. I do not condone violence against women. I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone’s trust.”
The Boston Celtics have been made aware of the situation.
“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,” the team said. “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. The team will have no further comment at this time.”
The Celtics drafted Bird last year in the second round of the 2017 draft. The Berkeley alum showed great promise on the defensive end of the court and played out his rookie campaign on a two-way contract before being signed to the active roster this summer.