Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
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Celtics’ Jabari Bird taking a break after violence charges

Celtics’ Jabari Bird taking a break after violence charges

On Thursday morning, Bird made an appearance at Brighton Municipal Court for the formal reading of the charges against him: assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping.

The Celtics guard is being accused of assaulting his girlfriend for four hours in his apartment and strangling her multiple times, including once until she lost consciousness, according to Tom Westerholm of MassLive.

Per The Athletic's Shams Charania, the incident involving the 24-year-old Bird, who is facing multiple charges for the incident and was reportedly on suicide watch during his hospital stay over the weekend, will be investigated by the National Basketball Association.

Bird had been held at a local hospital for evaluation, which delayed the arraignment hearing to Thursday.

Jabari Bird appears for his arraignment on domestic violence charges.

Bail was set at $50,000, with the condition that Bird stay away from the victim, abstain from alcohol and drugs, and continue treatment.

The police report states the woman eventually took refuge in a bathroom, and when she came out, Bird was displaying "seizure-like symptoms".

What is Bird's employment status with the Celtics?

In a statement Thursday, the 24-year-old Bird apologized to his teammates and fans for creating an "unnecessary distraction" and said he's taking time away to deal with "legal and medical issues".

Drafted with the 58th pick in 2017, Bird spent most of last season with the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics G-League affiliate. 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.

Bird is scheduled to return to court on October 25. However, it is also possible the Celtics could decide to cut ties with the guard and open up a roster spot heading into training camp on September 28. The NBA's new collective-bargaining agreement allows commissioner Adam Silver to place players on paid leave during domestic violence investigations. Such was the case when former Detroit Pistons center Willie Reed was suspended for six games following a domestic battery arrest last summer. The team said it "will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations".

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