Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Horrific details emerge in Jabari Bird assault case

Horrific details emerge in Jabari Bird assault case

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird choked his girlfriend multiple times, kicked her and prevented her from leaving his apartment before he collapsed in distress, prosecutors said at his arraignment Thursday.

At the arraignment, Bird was charged with assault and battery with a risky weapon, assault and battery of a family or household member, kidnapping and strangulation, following his arrest over the weekend.

Bird attacked the victim over the course of several hours, prosecutors said, at times throwing her against a wall.

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.

The police report said there was text message evidence that Bird threatened to kill himself if his girlfriend didn't return to the apartment, and upon returning she had found Jabari Bird passed out in the bathroom displaying "seizure-like symptoms". Bird was originally scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, but that was delayed as he remained hospitalized at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

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Bird is being represented by Brian T. Kelly, a former federal prosecutor who spent years purusing and then successfully prosecuting James "Whitey" Bulger; and Robert Fisher, who prosecuted Massachusetts Probation Department officials in a case that was overturned on appeal, the Globe has learned.

Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident. "The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird", the Celtics said in a statement issued by the team early Thursday afternoon. The team will have no further comment at this time. "I apologize to my family, the Celtics organization, my teammates, the fans and the National Basketball Association for the unnecessary distraction that I have caused". 'The information that has been released does not tell the full story. I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust'.

Boston drafted Bird in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. He played in 13 games during his rookie season, averaging 3.3 points over 8.8 minutes per game.

He is slated to make $1.5 million in 2018-19, but his contract isn't guaranteed.

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