Jabari Bird steps aside amid domestic violence charges

Jabari Bird steps aside amid domestic violence charges

Jabari Bird steps aside amid domestic violence charges

The Celtics' Jabari Bird pleaded not guilty to four felony charges on Thursday and maintained his innocence as he was arraigned on allegations that he repeatedly assaulted his girlfriend last week. "The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird", the Celtics said.

Bird was arrested on Saturday after the incident and was last reported to be under guard in a Boston hospital.

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.

The Celtics, meanwhile, made a statement of their own following the latest developments.

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He is now free after posting $50,000 cash bail, and said in a statement that the full story of the incident is not yet been publicized.

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.

When the woman finally escaped, she told police that Bird was having "seizure like" symptoms, and he later texted her that he would kill himself if she didn't come back.

He apologized to his family, the Celtics, his teammates, fans and the National Basketball Association "for the unnecessary distraction that I have caused".

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The Celtics have called the allegations disturbing and said the team's "thoughts are with the victim".

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

According to CBS Boston, Bird violently attacked his girlfriend in her apartment over the course of several hours. I do not condone violence against women.

Bird, a second-round draft choice of the Celtics in 2017 out of California, signed a two-year contract with the team this summer after splitting his rookie season between Boston and the Maine Red Claws of the G-League. By allowing the league to handle the matter, his contract could potentially be voided, depending on how the legal proceedings play out. If convicted on certain charges, Bird could face up to 10 years in prison.

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