Celtics’ Jabari Bird charged with kidnapping, strangling woman multiple times during alleged assault
Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird was charged on Thursday with kidnapping, strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery of a family or household member and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
The charges stem from an alleged assault of a woman at Bird’s apartment.
Bird was arrested Saturday but did not make his court appearance until he was released from the hospital.
According to the incident report, Bird allegedly held the woman in his apartment where he strangled and kicked her. The woman told police Bird strangled her about a dozen times, including at least once when she lost consciousness.
Bird eventually fell asleep, according to the woman, and she left his apartment and reported the incident. She also went to a hospital to get treatment for her injuries, according to the incident report.
Bird allegedly communicated with the woman later that day, texting that he would kill himself if she didn’t return, according to the incident report.
USA TODAY does not release the names of victims of alleged domestic abuse.
“Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident,” the Celtics said in a statement. “The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird. 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.”
Bail was set at $100,000, and $50,000 must be in cash, according to masslive.com.
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