Boston Celtics' Jabari Bird charged with attacking his girlfriend

Boston Celtics' Jabari Bird charged with attacking his girlfriend

The Boston Celtics' Jabari Bird was accused of choking, kicking and dragging his girlfriend in an hours-long assault at his apartment last week. After that, they said, he "began strangling her with two hands, approximately a dozen times".

The Celtics issued a statement yesterday. Bail was set at $100,000 - with $50,000 required in cash - according to MassLive's Jacqueline Tempera.

4 p.m.: This report has been updated with news of Jabari Bird taking time off from the Celtics and a Milwaukee police officer being fired in aftermath of the stun gun arrest of Bucks' player Sterling Brown.

The ordeal, sparked by what the woman called "trust issues, ' went on for several hours, she said, until Bird experienced 'seizure-like" symptoms and fell.

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.

Prosecutors allege that Bird strangled his girlfriend, a college student, to the point that she lost consciousness for a period of 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 statement reads, via ESPN's Marc Spears.

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"I do not condone violence against women", he said. Saying in a statement that its "thoughts are with the victim of this incident", the team declared that it "deplores domestic violence of any kind" and is "deeply disturbed by the allegations" against the shooting guard. She also reported that he texted her after she escaped stating that if she didn't return to his apartment he would kill himself.

Bird had been held at a local hospital for evaluation, which delayed the arraignment hearing to Thursday.

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

The Celtics selected Bird with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Last season he signed a one-year, two-way contract and spent most of the season with the team's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

Bird also played 13 games for Boston, averaging 3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in 8.8 minutes per game.

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