Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Shocking details emerge in National Basketball Association star's domestic violence case

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird battled Atlanta’s Damion Lee for a loose ball during a game at the TD Garden in April Matthew J. Lee Globe Staff Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird battled Atlanta’s Damion Lee for a loose ball during a game at the TD Garden in April
Shannon Reynolds | 16 September, 2018, 18:02

Prosecutors read Bird those charges Thursday during a hearing at Brighton Municipal Court, where bail was set at $100,000, $50,000 of which had to be paid in cash, per Westerholm. A month after the former second-round pick signed his first full-time National Basketball Association contract with the Celtics, the 24-year-old was arrested Saturday in Boston's Brighton neighbourhood on charges of domestic assault, strangulation and kidnapping.

Further details can be found here.

On Thursday, the Celtics released a statement saying the team does not condone domestic violence in any way and is "deeply disturbed" by the allegations against Bird.

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

According to prosecutors, the woman told police that Bird strangled her and threw her against a wall after they got into an argument at Bird's residence. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust".

Bird's girlfriend escaped when he eventually suffered "seizure-like symptoms" and passed out, according to the police report.

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Bird's lawyer, former federal prosecutor Brian Kelly, said his client "understands the seriousness of the allegations" but said there are two sides to the story.

Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident.

The Celtics said in their statement that, per the NBA's policy on domestic violence, "matters of this kind" are handled by the league.

Bird is accused of kicking her in the stomach and strangling her during those four hours.

According to Boston Celtics beat reporter Tom Westerholm, Bird's release will be pending conditions, including no drugs or alcohol, no weapons, and court-ordered supervision. Authorities also said that he threatened to kill himself in a text message to the woman. Bird was originally scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, but that was delayed as he remained hospitalized at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

The Celtics drafted Bird with the 56th pick in the 2017 draft. He spent most of his rookie season with the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics' G League affiliate, but signed a new deal with the Celtics in July after performing well in both the G League and the NBA Summer League.

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