Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird is expected to be arraigned in the Brighton courthouse Thursday, his first appearance in public since his arrest by Boston police last Friday on a domestic violence charge and his subsequent hospitalization.
Celtics guard Jabari Bird is stepping away from the team following his arrest for domestic violence.
"Unless you're a drug dealer, you don't have $100,000 lying around!"
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.More news: Reasons to buy Apple's iPhone XR instead of an iPhone XS
Bird's accuser is a 20-year-old student at a prominent university in Boston. She was said to have lost consciousness at one point, only to awaken on the floor under his bed, at which point, when she "she stuck her head out", he "began to kick her multiple times" with bare feet.
"Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident", the statement read. "I do not condone violence against women", Bird added.
According to police, Bird choked his girlfriend with two hands at least once.
The team notes that domestic violence issues are handled by the NBA's main office. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust". When Bird came to, he allegedly texted her and threatened to kill himself if she did not return to the apartment. She then told a member of the Celtics organization, who passed it onto the police and checked in on Bird while the victim was receiving treatment at the hospital. The team will have no further comment at this time.More news: Guardiola calls for response from Sane
CBS Boston reported that Bird's agent insisted posting an all-cash bail was "ridiculous", but the Brighton Municipal Court only accepts cash, so this was not a special condition applied only to Bird.
The Celtics released a statement on the situation this morning.
The Celtics drafted Bird in the second round, 56th overall, out of California in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. He appeared in just 13 games last season.
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.More news: Dutch intelligence claims foiling Russian plot to hack lab