Read Jabari Bird's statement following his arraignment

Boston Celtics player Jabari Bird appears for his arraignment on domestic violence charges at Brighton Municipal Court

Boston Celtics guard Jabari Bird was arrested over the weekend and arraigned Thursday on a series of disturbing charges, and the team has finally made a decision to address the situation. A month after the former second-round pick signed his first full-time National Basketball Association contract with the Celtics, the 24-year-old was arrested Saturday in Boston's Brighton neighbourhood on charges of domestic assault, strangulation and kidnapping.

He is now free after posting $50,000 cash bail, and said in a statement that the full story of the incident is not yet been publicized.

Celtics "deeply disturbed" by allegations "Most importantly, our thoughts are with the victim of this incident", the Celtics said in a statement after the arraignment.

The Celtics guard is being accused of assaulting his girlfriend for four hours in his apartment and strangling her multiple times, including once until she lost consciousness, according to Tom Westerholm of MassLive.

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. "Police say she locked herself in the bathroom, and at one point in the alleged altercation she was hiding under a bed".

Bird, 24, was also accused of dragging his girlfriend by the ankles when she tried to leave his apartment. She reportedly moved him to a bed and fled in a friend's auto.


A college student in Boston, the woman said she then went back to her dorm room, where she told a friend what had happened.

The allegations against Bird are startling. The attorney added that his client "understands the seriousness of the allegations" and is "remorseful to find himself in this position". The team will have no further comment at this 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, ' his statement read.

"I do not condone violence against women", he said. I am hopeful that in due time and process, I will be able to regain everyone's trust'. His appearance in court was delayed because Bird was on guarded watch at the local hospital, according to reports.

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

In a statement, the Celtics expressed sympathy towards the victim, and said they are helping authorities with the investigation.

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