Celtics' Bird charged with attacking his girlfriend

Celtics guard Jabari Bird to be arraigned on domestic violence charge

Celtics guard Jabari Bird to be arraigned on domestic violence charge

Boston Celtics second-year wing Jabari Bird was arrested last week after an alleged domestic violence incident that took place in Brighton.

A report was handed down Thursday that Bird is stepping away from the team for "legal and medical issues" in the wake of the criminal charges against him for domestic violence.

Bird then signed a two-year, standard National Basketball Association contract in July - making him an official member of the Celtics' 15-man roster - after averaging 16.8 points on 57 percent shooting in summer league. I do not condone violence against women.

Police say Bird choked the woman unconscious, threw her against the wall and dragged her by the ankles when she tried to leave his apartment in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston. "I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust". The woman said Bird's physical assault caused her to suffer mental distress.

An attorney for Bird did not dispute the specific allegations at the hearing, but he told the judge that there are "always two sides to every story". His girlfriend reportedly told police that, after she left his apartment, he texted her, saying he would kill himself if she did not return.

The Celtics released an updated statement following Bird's arraignment: "Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident".

Police said the incident occurred at Bird's girlfriend's apartment.

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.

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

A statement from Bird on Thursday said that he will be taking some time away from the Celtics, according to ESPN's Marc J. Spears.

The Celtics have acknowledged they know of Bird's arrest, but have declined further comment since the weekend. Bird was originally scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, but that was delayed as he remained hospitalized at St. Elizabeth's Hospital.

The Celtics selected Bird with the 56th overall pick of the 2017 draft. Signed to a one-year, two-way contract, he spent the majority of his rookie season with Boston's G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

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