After a rollercoaster rookie season that was largely spent in the G-League, Boston Celtics Guard Jabari Bird finds himself in some serious legal trouble ahead of his sophomore campaign.
Police say Bird was arrested for what appears to be a domestic violence incident on Friday. Following from Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce:
Boston Celtics Guard Jabari Bird was arrested on Friday and is facing charges after what authorities called a “domestic incident” in which he allegedly choked, assaulted and kidnapped an unidentified person, the Boston Police Department said.
Bird, 24, was being guarded by police at a hospital and was undergoing evaluation after the incident on Friday in the city’s Brighton neighborhood, police said on Saturday. The victim involved in the incident was brought to a different hospital to be treated for injuries sustained in the incident, police said.
“He is expected to appear in Brighton District Court on Monday, where complaints will be sought against him,” Sergeant John Boyle, a spokesman for the Boston Police Department, said.
Police said complaints would be sought against Bird for assault and battery, strangulation and kidnapping. No other details were immediately released.
The Celtics organization also released a statement on the second-year man’s recent arrest.
“We are aware of the incident involving Jabari Bird and are taking it very seriously. We are actively gathering information and will reserve further comment at this time,” the team said in a statement.
A second-round pick out of California, Jabari Bird had high expectations in the NBA after piecing together a solid four-year collegiate career. However, Bird played almost all of last season with the G-League’s Maine Red Claws, appearing in only 13 games for Boston in which he averaged 3 points per game.
Looking to earn some semblance of a role with the Celtics, getting into serious legal trouble as Bird has is not the path towards a promising NBA career.
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