Celtics' Jabari Bird arraigned in domestic violence case

Celtics guard Jabari Bird to be arraigned on domestic violence charge

Celtics guard Jabari Bird to be arraigned on domestic violence charge

The 24-year-old player was held on $50,000 bail Thursday after not-guilty pleas to domestic violence-related charges were entered on his behalf.

He was arrested September 7 after he allegedly assaulted a woman, identified in court as a girlfriend, in Brighton, Mass. Bail was set at $50,000 cash. She also said Bird kicked her in the stomach, dragged her as she tried to escape and closed her in a bathroom.

Bird, who pleaded not guilty, was released on $50,000 bail, and he is set to appear in court again October 25, nine days after Boston tips off its regular season. When the alleged victim did leave the residence, Bird was described to be in "mental distress".

Bird's lawyer, former federal prosecutor Brian Kelly, said that his client "understands the seriousness of the allegations" but that there are two sides to the story. "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 statement reads, via ESPN's Marc Spears. 'The information that has been released does not tell the full story. "I do not condone violence against women", Bird added.

The Celtics said the organization is "deeply disturbed by the allegations". "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust".

Before being drafted by the Celtics, Bird played for the Cal Golden Bears and was a McDonald's All-American while playing for Salesian High School in Richmond.

The argument quickly escalated when Bird "began to strangle her using one of his hands around her neck, also throwing her against the wall", Boston police wrote in the report.

Bird was transferred Saturday to an undisclosed hospital for what police have called an "evaluation" that continued until Thursday when it appeared doctors treating him had concluded he was sufficently healthy to appear in court.

The team notes that domestic violence issues are handled by the NBA's main office.

The Celtics drafted Bird in the second round, 56th overall, out of California in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft. Drafted 56th overall by the Celtics in 2017, Bird signed a two-year, US$2.9 million (A$4m) deal in late July. He appeared in just 13 games last season.

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