Celtics guard Jabari Bird allegedly choked girlfriend 12 times during reported assault

Celtics guard Jabari Bird to be arraigned on domestic violence charge

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird appears for his arraignment on domestic violence charges at Brighton Municipal Court, Thursday, September 13, 2018 in Boston.

In a four-hour episode that Bird's girlfriend said began with "trust issues", prosecutors claimed (via the Boston Herald) that Bird "began strangling her using one of his hands and also threw her against a wall".

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.

The victim was taken to a separate hospital for treatment of "injuries sustained", police have said.

Bird has been at a local Massachusets hospital, where he is under guarded watch, since the alleged assault last Friday.

The Celtics called the allegations disturbing and said the team's "thoughts are with the victim".

'The Celtics organization deplores domestic violence of any kind, and we are deeply disturbed by the allegations against Jabari Bird, ' the team said in a statement.

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The Celtics said in their statement that, per the NBA's policy on domestic violence, "matters of this kind" are handled by the league.

'I'm taking some time away from the team as I deal with my legal and medical issues. The judge set Bird's bail at $100,000.

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".

What is Bird's employment status with the Celtics?

The Celtics selected Bird with the 56th overall pick of the 2017 draft. Only the first year is guaranteed.

The Celtics have released a statement in regards to Bird's arraignment. His next court date is set for October 25. 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. The NBA's new collective-bargaining agreement allows commissioner Adam Silver to place players on paid leave during domestic violence investigations. The team said it "will be working with both the league and local authorities to assist in their ongoing investigations".

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