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Celtics guard Jabari Bird held on $100K bail in assault case

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Cary Erickson | 16 September, 2018, 18:00

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

"Bird allegedly dragged the victim by the ankles away from a door when she tried to leave".

He was arrested September 7 after he allegedly assaulted a woman, identified in court as a girlfriend, in Brighton, Mass. Bail was set at $50,000 cash.

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.

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At the arraignment, one of Bird's attorneys, Brian T. Kelly, said there are "always two sides" to incidents, but acknowledged his client understands the "seriousness of the allegations". "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. "The information that has been released does not tell the full story".

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Upon the conclusion of Bird's hearing, CBS Sports reports that the Boston Celtics issued a statement which clarified that due to the nature of the charges against Bird, the league would be handling discipline and that they deplore any form of domestic violence.

"I do not condone violence against women", he said. She also reported that he texted her after she escaped stating that if she didn't return to his apartment he would kill himself.

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

It is unclear whether or not Bird will remain in custody at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where he has been since apprehended, make bail, or be moved to a detention facility.

The Celtics selected him with the 56th pick of the 2017 draft. He appeared in 13 regular-season games for the Celtics last season, averaging 3 points per game. He spent his rookie season on a two-way contract and in July signed a two-year deal, with the first year fully guaranteed at $1.35 million.